Parliament and government have finally spoken out on the alleged flight to Canada and America of minister Aidah Nantaba and MP Judith Babirye.
During Friday plenary, MP Roland Mugume asked the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to explain Nantaba’s presence in Canada.
“I have received information that Hon Idah Nantaba is seeking political asylum in Canada. What is government position on this?” Mugume queried.
In response, Rugunda said Hon Nantaba is out of the country on official duty.
“I dismiss the assertion. I authorised her travel,” Rugunda noted.
Nantaba was last in the news following the death of Ronald Ssebulime who she got killed out of paranoia.
Social media has been awash with reports claiming Buikwe Woman MP Judith Babirye abandoned her marriage and fled to America.
There were even reports saying Ugandans living in USA especially Boston State petitioned the Authorities in Waltham to deport “pregnant Babirye”.
In an exclusive interview with Bukedde TV, Kadaga told the talk show host Charles Sseruga Matovu that Babirye is on sick leave with her permission.
“Members of Parliament are just like any other human being. They fall sick and sometimes they travel,” Kadaga said in response to queries about the duo’s prolonged absence.
Babirye, a gospel singer-turned politician, has of late been in news over swirling stories on the Grapevine that her marriage to fellow MP, Paul Mukasa Ssebulime was over.
For Nantaba, her fierce political rival, a one Moses Kalangwa sent the question about the ministers’ absence from the House by text to Sseruga.
Kadaga said Nantaba was allowed by Premier Rugunda to travel abroad on official business.
According to the constitution, a lawmaker loses his/her seat if he/she misses 14 consecutive plenary sittings without the Speaker’s explicit approval.