As she returned to the House after a few weeks during which she gave birth, Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Anita Annet Among Magogo spoke about a range of issues, including maternity leave and giving birth in a private hospital.
Last month, Among, who is married to MP and Fufa president Moses Magogo, welcomed twins. She has now revealed that she gave birth at Kampala Hospital, a private facility. Some were arguing that if she was pleased with the service delivery by President Yoweri Museveni’s government, which she belongs to, then she should have delivered at a public health facility in Bukedea District which she represents as the woman MP.
“For us we are here to serve the nation, we have lives to live and we must live our lives to the fullest. I heard a lot of rumours and they are still asking why a private hospital, let us be happy with our country, we need private sector to complement government,” responded Among.
She then blasted Ugandans for claiming to be experts on everything, whereas not.
“The problem with our people who love social media, they know everything. They are doctors, nurses, gynecologists, pediatricians. They even want to be salongos even when they can’t be salongos. They want to know when a Nalongo is pregnant, they think they know everything but they don’t know everything.”
She also hit back at those who have been blasting her for hurriedly returning to the House after delivery. She said she is not entitled to maternity leave since she is not a civil servant.
“Holding a position like mine doesn’t stop you from being a mother, I hope I inspire most of you. And being a politician, I am not a civil servant for anybody to ask why has she come back from leave, I am not on maternity leave, the law prescribes for a civil servant. A politician isn’t a civil servant, so if I am in good health, I come and serve my country.”
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