‘Nambooze poisoned like Aronda’, Museveni advisor warns


The Presidential Advisor on Security has warned Ugandan politicians to mind what they eat following the alleged poisoning of Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze.

Brig. Gen. Kasirye Gwanga said he heard the reports from media that Nambooze had been poisoned and hospitalised at Mukono Church of Uganda hospital for 10 days.

Nambooze was admitted on the night of June 11 with sudden abdominal pains and convulsions after a drink-up with a brother and friends in Seeta, Mukono.

According to her medical documents, the MP has ulcerated intestines and an acidic substance in the stomach triggered by a reaction to many chemical substances.

The doctors say she is out of danger but advised her to get more specialized treatment in South Africa.

By the time The Observer visited her on Monday, she had just been discharged and was waiting for Parliament to sanction her travel abroad.

Nambooze told The Observer that in the days leading up to the May 11 dissolution of the 9th Parliament, a government official she declined to name, warned her.

“He said that I should be careful with my movements because the reports he was hearing about me were not good. He said some people were planning something not good.”

In 2009, Nambooze was taken to South Africa as a patient for detoxification; doctors at Flora hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa had discovered that the intestinal complications she suffered were a result of food poisoning.

Poisoned like Aronda?

“I hear Nambooze was poisoned. The media is circulating the rumours,” Gwanga said while appearing on NBS television morning breeze on Friday.

He reminisced the death of his comrade Gen Aronda Nyakairima, a former army commander, who he says was poisoned in September 2015.

Gwanga was a close friend to the then minister of Internal Affairs who died in transit at Dubai airport [after complaining of stomach pains] while returning from South Korea where he had gone on issues concerning the national identity card project.

The brigadier said Aronda had received a threatening phone call for trying to reject some issues concerning the national identity card register at the ministry and was later killed for it.

“He died of a heart attack? Give me a break,” Gwanga said last week.

He insisted: “Aronda Nyakairima was killed.”

He warned politicians to mind what they eat.‪

Nambooze condition deteriorates

The opposition Democratic Party says Nambooze’s health condition has deteriorated.

Democratic Party Chief Whip, also Kalungu West MP Joseph Ssewungu told press in Kampala that Nambooze who was last seen in parliament at the recent Budget Reading is now unable to eat solid foods.

He says doctors have confirmed that the legislator has intestinal wounds, which require specialised treatment in South Africa.

Ssewungu says the opposition Democratic Party has written to the Speaker of parliament informing her of the legislator’s health condition.

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