Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye has criticised government for not doing enough to improve health care in the country despite being in power for 30 years.
The Opposition leader singled out Mulago National Referral Hospital where cancer patients can no longer receive radiotherapy treatment following the breakdown of the radiation machine, yet government can find money to buy tear gas to use in dispersing Opposition meetings .
Following the breakdown of the cancer machine, government has plans to airlift to Nairobi, Kenya patients who strictly need radiotherapy to destroy the cancerous cells . According to Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, the Minister of Health, government will construct the Shs100bn bunker to house the new Cobalt 60 machine next year .
Dr Besigye made the remarks last week while speaking to residents of Kashagama Sub-county in Lyantande District where he had gone to pay tribute to the family of Lt Kalooli Lwanga Mucholi, a former liberation war comrade. After retiring from the army in 1993, the late Kaloli Lwanga joined the Democratic Party where he served as the party district chairperson for Lyantonde from 2005-2007. He died of cancer at the age of 75 years.
The family members thanked Dr Besigye for the great love for their family. Dr Besigye also visited the home of Ms Jane Francise Nnakasi, a councillor for Kooki C Ward in Lyantonde Town Council to pay tribute to the family after it lost Mr Kasirivu Seruwagi, a strong party supporter who died a month ago when Dr Besigye was still under house arrest.
However, police in Lyantonde District were caught off guard as they learnt about Dr Besigye’s presence in the area after seeing FDC supporters singing the party “Songambele” song and pushing his car through the town.
Police under the command of Ms Ruth Ngabire, the acting district police commander, however, allowed him to talk to FDC supporters. The Opposition politician urged party supporters to remain focused and pray to God, saying through prayers Ugandans will achieve regime change. Lyantonde is one of the districts which Dr Besigye has visited since police withdrew from his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District where he spent 47 days under “preventive” house arrest.