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15 specialists on standby to treat MPs Bobi Wine, Zaake

The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) has constituted a team of highly trained medical personnel to support the treatment of Arua suspects allegedly tortured while under custody. 

The Association says that 15 of the experts are on standby to voluntarily provide treatment to all victims of torture arising out of the infamous arrests. More than 35 people were arrested on Monday and Tuesday last week on allegations of stoning President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade. 
Among those arrested are Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi and Mityana municipality MP Francis Zaake are said to be in very bad shape after they were allegedly tortured.
Dr Ekwaro Obuku addressing the media (file photo)
There are reports that other civilians who were arrested alongside the MPs were also tortured with one female suspect tortured to the extent that she is passing out blood from her privates. Dr Ekwaro Obuku, the president of Uganda Medical Association says the assembled experts were chosen based on descriptions on the condition of the victims. 

The specialists include nephrologists, specifically to treat diseases that affect the kidneys and their ability to function, gastroenterologists for any condition that could have affected the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

Also on standby are cardiologists, for anything that could have affected the heart and toxicologists, trauma surgeons who will look at severe injuries, neurosurgeons to look at brain problems and anesthesiologists, to deal with critical care.

Dr Obuku was speaking at a press conference held in Mulago yesterday. The press conference was organized in response to demands for specialized treatment for two of the legislators that suffered immense bodily harm while under custody.
"We are happy with the medical care Hon Zaake is receiving outside the walls of the military freely and out of his own choice. We’re saying the same should be accorded to Hon Kyagulanyi so that he can receive the best highly specialised medical care because it appears he’s not in the best state.
Physically and mentally he is actually severely injured as described by his wife and his lawyers and needs specialised medical care. As Uganda Medical Association we have constituted a team of experts to handle Hon Kyagulanyi in particular but also other victims who are not known." said Obuku.
Kyagulanyi is currently held at Makindye military barracks, where he is reported to be in extreme pain and covered in bruises, on the head, face and all over the body. Reports indicate that he suffered internal bleeding and has a damaged kidney.

The other legislator Francis Zaake is admitted in Lubaga hospital, where he has been in a critical condition over the last three days. Their colleagues, Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru, MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, former Makindye East MP Micheal Mabikke and over 30 others are detained in Gulu.

Dr Obuku says they have written to President Museveni to ensure that Kyagulanyi can be treated outside the military walls where it is uncertain if those specialised experts exist. He added that they have alerted their colleagues in the diaspora in the event that medical evacuation for further care is needed.

He says doctors should ensure they treat torture suspects as per their ethics, adding that they should also document issues of torture. The association says it is very unfortunate that torture victims have been denied access to specialized medical care.


+1 #1 Fred Bamulutira 2018-08-20 10:43
The state of the nation of Uganda is now at cross roads.

It is in the sole hands of Museveni to determine whether it gets better or worse.

Harrassing, intimidating, and the framing opposition simply because those you support keep losing to them will not be the solution.

People by opting for independents and new brands are sending a message to old political guards that their era is over.

It is time for Museveni to acknowledge that his usefullness is in his retiring and allowing Ugandans to determine their future instead of imposing himself upon them.

The Museveni of 1980s and early 1990s was a visionary.

The one we now have is extremely myopic being surrounded by myopic self serving cheerers

Jesus said that when the blind lead the blind all fall in a pit. That is the current state of Uganda. Except for a countable few, MPs, parliament has become a den of thieves and robbers.
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-4 #2 fkyyyyyy 2018-08-20 12:21
This is kweraga, looking for the limelight. Kajanja.

What of other patients who have been through the same? What about accident victims, what of the millions you left to die in hospitals when you went on strike?

Why the concern now for people who can afford medical services anywhere in the world?
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0 #3 eric L 2018-08-20 12:47
Thanks Dr Obuku and your team.

Instead of blaming or waiting for others,you have thought of a solution that works.

Thanks brother again.
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-1 #4 juwait kali 2018-08-20 13:27
It's now or never for whoever wants to live in a peaceful Uganda like the rest of East Africa.

All we are asking for is a little bravery from everyone no going back until gangsters are ousted.
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+1 #5 Twebz 2018-08-20 15:28
I pity the UMA specialists who are offering to diagnose and treat Hon. Kyaguranyi; they may end up in prison. Remember Dr. Sylvester Onzivua and Hon. Baryomunsi when they volunteered to have a private autopsy of the body of Nebanda (RIP)?

They ended up enjoying their 2012 Christmas in prison. Bobi Wine's survival requires divine intervention.
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+1 #6 Remase 2018-08-20 15:47
Fellow Ugandans, what is happening to the MPs is not new and it is more likely than not that it will happen to all of us.

It is clear that M7 is a violent person. He has used violence thought his life. Let's take his side for the moment, is it legal or justifiable for the government to torture suspects?

Furthermore, after torturing them, is it legal and justifiable to deny them medical attention? M7 is a cruel, ruthless and a power maniac individual who will stop at nothing to cling on power.

Now, the police is even using live bluets for a taxi that has refused to stop. Another person has been killed and others injure when the police shot at a taxi that was taking people to a Buganda football match!

I'll continue to condemn anyone who has ever come out to support M7, especially Mengo/Kabaka Mutebi. They continue to openly show their royal support to M7, why? Enough is enough. It is time to draw the line, you are either with us or against us. Period.
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0 #7 Fuller 2018-08-20 16:46
If this is true -- and I am not saying it is not, but in Uganda the truth can be fiction and fiction can be the truth -- thanks to this team of 15.

More encouraging is that it is Ugandans themselves who are stepping up to the plate to save the lives of fellow Ugandans.

Hon. Kyagulanyi, Hon. Zaake, Hon. Wadri, their colleagues and everybody who was affected in the Arua violence must be urgently accorded the treatment by the Uganda Medical Association.
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0 #8 Jama 2018-08-20 18:58
This act of volunteering to freely give treatment to tortured Ugandans is a true act of patriotism.

Other elite from other corporates also solidarity show solidarity to the oppressed Ugandans.

Why not lawyers, lecturers, teachers and many others.
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0 #9 Lysol 2018-08-20 20:33
Dr Obuku did not mention that the victims of torture always need psychiatrist and therapist's help to recover from the trauma caused to them.

As someone who has worked with doctors without borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). I have experienced many cases like these first hand.
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