13 January 2013

Uganda: Kyanjo Needs Shs 75 Million for Treatment in the U.S.

Ailing Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo needs at least Shs 75m to get specialized treatment in the United States.

Kyanjo suffers from dystonia, a condition that has afflicted him for more than a year. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. It can be caused by birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (due to lead poisoning) or reaction to pharmaceutical drugs. It has no cure; so, its treatment is limited to minimizing the symptoms.

Kyadondo East MP Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda told journalists on Thursday that the money would cover travel and medical costs for Kyanjo, who has been referred to the United States for specialized treatment.

"When the president was asked for a justification as to why he takes his children abroad for treatment, the only answer he gave was that he fears they can be injected with poisonous chemicals and they are killed," Ssemujju said.

"Hon Hussein Kyanjo made a similar complaint [regarding the fear that he was possibly poisoned] on the floor of Parliament".

Kyanjo, previously one of the most eloquent MPs, can barely talk as a result of this condition and has made a couple of trips abroad to have his health restored. Ssemujju, flanked by Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, vowed never to take any food from the parliamentary canteen. The duo also expressed fears that they could be poisoned through the tea served during sittings of committees.

Since the mysterious death of the Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda, many opposition MPs have said their lives are in danger because of criticizing government.

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