By Spy Uganda
For several days now, social media was a wash with claims that Bukoto based Victoria Hospital belongs to city tycoon Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia. The reports also claimed that the same Hospital had won a contract to be the sole facility to conduct body organ examination of all Ugandans going to Arab countries for employment and their arrival from the same.
Remember that in May, 2022, Internal Affairs minister, Maj Gen (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire, directed all labour export firms to take their clients to UMC Victoria hospital for body organ testing before going abroad for greener pastures. This was to minimize cases of the illegal internal tissue extraction.
However, Ruparelia group has this morning clarified that the said Hospital isn’t one of their companies and have no idea about the motive of such ‘concoctions’ connecting him to the company.
Our reporter met Dr Sudhir at Kabira Club on Friday morning and asked him to clarify on the allegations. In response, Sudhir, also Nepalese Consul to Uganda said he has never understood the motive of connecting him to the said company when the public clearly knows his businesses. Read Ruparelia group’s press release below;
“For Immediate Release
Dated Sunday, 26th June 2022.
Re: Clarification On Victoria Hospital Ownership
Our attention has been drawn by several online media publications linking the above business entity to Ruparelia group of companies. For clarity, the above mentioned business entity is not part of Ruparelia group of companies, and has never been.
We appreciate the media for bringing this to our attention,but we also urge them to always verify information before writing. In this case, the correct information about the ownership of Victoria Hospital could have been sought from Uganda registration services Bureau (URSB).
Infact, the above press release follows another statement Sudhir made this week disowning the hospital and reports claiming that it is his.
“Ruparelia group has never been involved with Victoria Hospital nor what is now known as UMC hospital. Stop this propaganda,” he stated this week.