Kadaga Defends Decision to Host IPU Meet at Own Hotel

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IPU-IGAD seeks to promote unity and strengthen ties of cooperation among IGAD member states of parliament, promote peace, security, stability within the IGAD sub-region, promote good governance, transparency, rule of law within IGAD member states among others.

The speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has defended the decision to convene the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU-IGAD) executive council meeting at her hotel, saying the delegates wanted to see the country-side.
 
 
The 9th IPU-IGAD Executive Council meeting kicked off this morning at Century Hotel in Kamuli. The two days meeting has attracted speakers and representatives of parliaments from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia.
 
 
 
The decision by Kadaga to host the meeting in her hotel raised eyebrows with some sections of the media accusing her of conflict of interest. 




However, Kadaga defends the decision, saying that on many occasions such meetings are held in Kampala where delegates fly in, sit in the hotels and go back to the airport without knowing the country.
 
 

She says they decided to show the IGAD delegates where Ugandans live, how they cope and the development challenges they face. 



Kadaga who also doubles as the Kamuli Woman MP, told the delegates their presence in her constituency will improve their knowledge about Uganda.
 
 
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IPU-IGAD seeks to promote unity and strengthen ties of cooperation among IGAD member states of parliament, promote peace, security, stability within the IGAD sub-region, promote good governance, transparency, rule of law within IGAD member states among others.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.