Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] has clarified on the health condition of their secretary for youth affairs, Kakayi Zeridah.
FDC deputy secretary general, Harold Kaija, in a statement said the party and its leaders did not abandon Ms. Kakayi when she was attacked by security forces months ago.
“When the party learnt of her disappearance, the party started the hunt for her. When we learnt that she was in Northern Uganda, we tasked our Acholi Leaders to come and rescue her,” Kaija explained.
He said they were eventually told that she had been brought to Kampala and was hospitalised at Naguru Hospital.
The Secretary General Hon. Nathan Nandala-Mafabi went there to see her but didn’t find her anywhere in the books of the hospital.
The Working Committee of the Party agreed to pay the medical bills of Ms. Kakayi and even sent money through the Youth Leader Chairman.
“When we went for NEC, party leaders contributed money twice which we sent her. Individual leaders have contributed money to her health that is now above Shs10m in total.”
On Friday, the party decided to take her to hospital.
Mafabi made an appointment at Case Clinic and Mulago Hospital Private Wing.
He sent the Deputy CAO of the party, Mr. Moses Tumukunde and the Youth Chairman to pick her and take her to hospital.
Ms. Kakayi refused the offer to be taken to hospital.
She says her health is a concern of her family. If the party wants to help her, it should give her money in cash.
She added that she has a private Doctor who is handling her matter.
“We pray that those with a Blackmail campaign against the FDC and its leaders are actually engaging in character assassination,” Kaija said.
He added: “Before you guys Fundraise for money, first recognise those who have been making contribution however small they are.”
Apparently, there is a “Save Kakayi” campaign led by one Allan Kitonsa Saava which aims at raising Shs 15m to fly her to Nairobi for treatment.
A one Oluma Kennedy coordinates the fundraising team.
Kitonsa says the Save Zerida campaign has managed to raise the Shs15 to treat what he calls “poisoning”.
“In a period of four days, we have been able to raise this money and even fairly above a total of Ug. 16,425,000 Shillings have been raised with much blessing when Hon. Anita Among, women MP for Bukedia district yesterday contacted our team and delivered a total sum of Ug. Sh 15Million cash,” Kitonsa said.
Speaking in her own right, Kakayi accuses the party leadership of calling her an imposter for refusing to be taken to hospital without consulting her family.
Kakyai joined FDC in 2011 while still a student at university and became a university mobiliser for then candidate Kizza Besigye.
On the night before she was kidnapped, Makerere woman councillor Doreen Nyanjura sent her Shs 200,000 to mobilise for the activity at Christ the king.
FDC secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe visited her and examined Kakayi’s medical forms.
“…and now I am a mufere? Then I was not an imposter. Today without consulting me or my family a group comes claiming they are taking me to hospital, before I became FDC, I was someone’s child with a family,” Kakayi angrily pointed out.
“Asking to consult my family before being taken to that hospital, I have now become an imposter?”
She said Harold Kaija and Hon. Nathan Nandala have never at any one time visited her in the hospital.
Meanwhile, Ingrid too was locked in a war of words with the campaign leader Kitonsa for using the platform to achieve personal gains.