Sheema: The archbishop of Mbarara archdiocese His grace Rt. Rev. Paul Kamuza Bakyenga has expressed his worry over mafias in government who he said who he said disrupt the peace of Ugandans.
Bakyenga made these remarks while closing the Mbarara Development Association (AMDA) Calvin health camp, at Mushanga Catholic Parish in Sheema District on Sunday.
While addressing the crowd, the Archbishop said, “This government is very nice but there is a group of goons trying to worsen things. Some time back, government started giving aid to our hospital of Holy Innocents [hospital that treats only children] but at the end of August, I was shocked after receiving news that even four doctors paid by government were transferred. I was told that we shall not get any other government- facilitated doctor. That’s how worse it is; that even the small aid that government has been giving us was trimmed. I asked some government officials and shockingly they told me that the hospital belongs to some individuals who aim at making profits. This week I want to go directly to Kampala and meet Dr. Diana Atwiine such that she explain to me well about the allegation.”
He added that “This was not the first time mafias are interfering church issues; they once investigated the AMDA which they allegedly accused of planning to overthrow government. Some people told president Yoweri Museveni that this AMDA was meant to overthrow his government. Security started investigating AMDA members but in the end, they found us innocent. Mafias reaped nothing, so pray for our leaders such that they can always detect those who tell them lies.”
Holy Innocents Hospital is the only hospital in western Uganda that specifically treats children below 15 years. It is a Catholic founded hospital built four years ago in Nyamitanga, Mbarara city.
On 25th August 2015 Dr. Asuman Lukwago, who was then the health permanent secretary and Hon. Min. Elioda Tumwesigye, who was the minister for health, officially announced that Holy Innocents hospital started getting government aid and as a result, government gave them four doctors who have since been transferred.
The function was also attended by the Minister for Science and technology Hon. Tumwesigye, who vowed to make sure government support is brought back.
“I’m still wondering about the type of people who did this; I have visited this hospital several times. If you see the patients they receive treatment every day and when I hear that even the little aid has been cut off I lose control. By the way the government should be fully supporting this hospital because to me it is the second to Mulago. But let me not talk much because I may burst from here, really?” Tumwesigye said.