By Nabusayi L. Wamboka
On January 17th at a Press Conference in Rwakitura shortly after the President concluded his campaign trail in Greater Ankole region, Maurice Ochol a reporter with NTV raised the issue of ailing journalist Andrew Lwanga who was allegedly assaulted by a police officer on January 12, 2015. The assault case is still ongoing in court.
Ochol on behalf of the journalists’ fraternity requested for the President’s support towards the medical bills of Lwanga. The journalists had estimated the costs at over 200million including travel abroad.
On January 18th, President Museveni dispatched Dr. Richard Katungye, a medical officer with the Special Forces Command to immediately check on Lwanga and assess his situation.
Katungye travelled to Muyenga and met Lwanga and his family. He also examined all the medical records and decided to take Lwanga to Kampala Hospital and checked him in with Dr Mallon Nyati, an orthopaedic surgeon, a specialist in spinal cord surgery.
“My assessment was that after one year of no proper operation, his situation deteriorated. I took Lwanga to Dr. Nyati who said an operation on his back is possible, so we booked him,” Dr. Katungye said.
According to Dr. Katungye, Kampala Hospital gave a full list of all the requirements for the operation and Lwanga’s needs at Kampala Hospital totaling to Shs 10.4million. After briefing the President, he directed State House to release Shs 20million towards all expenses during and after the operation.
The money was released last week and Lwanga will check in on Tuesday February 9th, 2016 and the operation will be done on Wednesday 10th, 2016.
I want to thank the journalists who brought the issue of Lwanga to the attention of the President and for the President’s quick intervention in saving the life of Lwanga.
We wish him a very quick recovery and pray that justice will be done through the court process.