Wednesday, August 22, 2012


It is sad the health problems of Hon. Bidandi Ssali. Hopefully he will recover to his former state soon. When I heard that Ssali had appealed to Government for help with bills, I saw it as not appropriate. When we criticize Government, we should not seek favours from it. We should only work to see it out of office. William Kituuka Kiwanuka ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BIDANDI SEEKS MEDICAL SUPPORT FROM GOVERNMENT By Jeff Andrew Lule Former local government minister Jaberi Bidandi Ssali has asked the Government for financial assistance on his medical expenses. Bidandi, the leader of the People’s Progressive Party, was last month flown to Bangkok in Thailand for specialised treatment after spending a couple of days at International Hospital, Kampala. Bidandi’s political assistant, Sadam Gayira, told New Vision that Bidandi wrote to the Prime Minister’s office, asking the Government to foot part of the medical expenses. “He also explained to them about his sickness and the reason he had to be flown abroad,” he said. Gayira said Bidandi was responding positively to medication. Bidandi’s condition became of concern when he had a fall inside his residence in Bukoto. Following his fall, the People’s Progressive Party leader was reported in a coma but the reports were later refuted, saying his condition was not as grave as earlier had been reported. But still, some people, including his party supporters remained uncertain about Bidandi’s medical condition. He was however returned to the medical facility a day after he had been discharged. "The situation was not changing yet the medical tests have not yet revealed anything. Physically I feel okay but I cannot walk on my own. I am too dizzy,” had said Bidandi. “I can't balance my movements. My friend Mulwana has arranged for my travel and medical examinations in Thailand after the doctors' recommendations.” “I expect to stay in Bangkok for at least four weeks. I thank all those who have showed me love while in hospital," he had said before his flight. Bidandi served as Cabinet minister for about 20 years and later founded his own opposition party, People's Progressive Party (PPP) He also contested for presidency in the February 2011 presidential election as a flagbearer for his party.

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