Simcard row: Obore defends Kadaga against Tumwebaze

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Chris Obore

Chris Obore, the Parliament Communications Director, has defended Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in the ongoing unverified Sim cards switch off row.

According to Obore, the plenary is the stamping organ to any motion.

“This is where members choose to agree or disagree,” he said while appearing on NBS TV Morning breeze programme on Monday.

Obore says the debate is now about if the Executive takes the MPs serious because they were elected by people to represent them.

“What happened means there is a dialogue problem between the arms of government.”

At the close of last week, Kadaga directed parliament’s rules committee to investigate Frank Tumwebaze, the minister of Information, Communication and technology over the Sim card registration.

Tumwebaze defended himself saying while the switch off will disable voice communication on the affected SIM cards, the exercise of verification will continue.

On Sunday, David Kabanda, YONASA President, Social and Human Rights Activist and Panellist at “NBS Eagle” programme, accused Kadaga of seeking cheap popularity.

“Parliament is dead. It’s like an old dog without teeth which only barks when it sees an intruder,” said.

According to Kabanda, Minister Tumwebaze shouldn’t be threatened by Parliament over decision to disconnect unverified SIM cards.

“What Kadaga is doing is cheap popularity. To be summoned in the disciplinary committee, it means you have faulted several times.”

As to the claims that Kadaga was a little heavy-handed in dealing with the minister, Obore says the Speaker didn’t use a bad language because “she is a precious communicator”.

“Speaker Kadaga didn’t use a bad language, she is a precious communicator.”

Obore further denies claims that Kadaga is not accessible.

“I have never seen a public office which is more accessible than Speaker’s office. Saying the Speaker wasn’t briefed because she wasn’t accessible is a big lie.”

He said the Speaker doesn’t believe that someone must answer her phone calls and she even receives calls from peasants.