The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, is not happy with Uganda’s health sector after the death of Hon. Kaudha Grace Hailat, Member of Parliament, and Iganga Municipality.
In her condolence message, Kadaga said Kaudha died on Friday night following complications with pregnancy.
“We have been advocating for maternal services for Ugandan women,” a sad Kadaga told NTV.
“It’s unfortunate that a Member of Parliament died because of pregnancy complications.” Kadaga reiterated that Parliament has over the years advocated for increased funding to the health sector to revamp the ailing sector to save lives.
“We have had so much information come in, we have worked late hours but yet you feel no difference.”
She said some of the issues that come up are how can Uganda has two titles on the same land, wondering who was sleeping when the incident happened.
“At the end of the day, our main duty is to inform the public and then make recommendations back to our employer.”
Nambooze weighs in
Betty Bakireke Nambooze, the MP for Mukono Municipality, said it was shameful to lose a legislator in such a manner.
“My God…. What a loss…what a National shame… My sister the MP for Iganga Hon. Kaudha Grace Hailat Magumba dies of preeclampsia which is a condition during pregnancy where there is a sudden rise in blood pressure and swelling, mostly in the face, hands, and feet,” Nambooze said in a social media statement.
She said preeclampsia is the most common complication to occur during pregnancy.
Kaudha was reportedly rushed to Case clinic Kampala only to be told that there was no gynaecologist on duty.
“She was referred to Mulago where the cruel hand of death snatched her….She symbolise the 18 Women who die in labour per day….This is one of the deaths where I fail to say Rest in peace.”
Parliament is still discussing possibilities of holding a special sitting in honour of Kaudha.
Chris Obore, the Parliament Director of communications, told Uganda Radio Network, that while parliament will take care of her burial arrangements and related expenses, discussions are still underway on how she can be honoured as a Member of Parliament since her death was sudden and came during a weekend.
According to Islamic law, a dead person should be buried as soon as possible from the time of death, which means that funeral planning and preparations begin immediately.
Meanwhile, a misunderstanding erupted amongst family members over where she would be buried on Sunday, according to a prior programme.
Her elder brother Farouk Nakyoma wanted Kaudha buried in Magogo village, Nawaningi sub-county in Iganga district.
Her husband insisted she should be buried in the public cemetery located in Iganga Municipality.
A graduate of social sciences, Kaudha is survived by one girl child.