Kadaga: Corruption at Isimba power project caused my illness

Days before she was rushed to hospital in a bad state, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga was following up on some Shs 24 billion meant for construction of a bridge across River Nile, linking Kayunga and Kamuli districts that was allegedly swindled by some unscrupulous government officials.

Speaking at an inter-denominational thanksgiving prayer at Parliament, Kadaga said that she took up the matter after the Chinese contractors sought her help after the unnamed government officials caused the freezing of their bank accounts.

“Just before I fell ill, I was following up on the bridge near the Isimba Hydropower station, whose funds of shs24 billion had disappeared; and the Chinese company working on the bridge sought my help to restore their frozen bank accounts,” Kadaga said.

Under component 2 of the Isimba Hydro power dam project, the contractors have to tarmac a stretch of about 16kms with an adjoining bridge connecting Kamuli and Kayunga districts to ease mobility, trade and development between the two districts.

Kadaga was taken seriously ill to Nakasero hospital on March 21 before she was transferred to Nairobi’s Aga Khan Hospital where she stayed till April 13 this year.

In hospital, Kadaga said, she kept contemplating on the progress of the road and the bridge.

“I talked to God and asked him to help me with his mission. I have done a lot of work in communities, supporting churches; so God listened to my prayers and here I am,” Kadaga told the congregation.

The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, said that the God gave the Speaker healing from her illness because her purpose on earth was not yet completed.

“If your purpose was done on this earth, you would be in heaven rejoicing with your savior. Since you are here with us, identify that purpose and fulfill it and don’t betray it,” said Oulanyah.