President Yoweri Museveni on Friday morning paid a visit to the hospitalized Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga at Nakasero Hospital.
We reported earlier today that the speaker was rushed the hospital in a leafy Kampala suburb on Thursday night.
Sources at the Hospital and State House told this website that the ostensibly concerned Museveni drove to the hospital with a small convoy on Friday morning to personally check the condition of the 62-year-old lawmaker.
When contacted on phone, Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama confirmed that President Museveni visited Kadaga at Nakasero.
“Yes, it was a private visit,” said Wanyama without providing details.
At Nakasero on Thursday night, Chimp Corps saw a few Members of Parliament who are known to be close to Kadaga seeking authorization from the medical facility’s administration to check on her.
Earlier on Friday, the Principal Assistant Press Secretary to the Speaker, Sam Obbo, confirmed that Kadaga was “hospitalized after exhaustive trips abroad.”
“Madam is hospitalised at the said hospital (Nakasero Hospital),” said Obbo when contacted on phone today morning.
“She had just returned from long trips abroad – the Arab world and most recently, United States of America.”
Neither Abbo nor family members could tell what the Kamuli District Woman MP’s ailment was.
A family source told us that Kadaga, who had just returned from New York where she attended the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters, “was taken to Nakasero Hospital in a very critical condition. She was unconscious.”
We were further informed by this family member that on arrival at Nakasero Hospital, Kadaga’s health situation was not only “worrying” but “deteriorating” hence the doctors’ decision to “put her in the Intensive Care Unit.”
Nakasero Hospital boss, Dr Ben Mbonye said he was “not in the administration” and “would not know whoever is admitted. But crosscheck with administration for details.”
On visiting the hospital, we saw senior government officials also seeking permission to see the high profile patient.
In 2011, Kadaga was admitted at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) but later recovered from the illness.
In 2008, Kadaga collapsed aboard a plane before landing at Heathrow International Airport in London. The lawmaker, who is suspected of being diabetic, was treated from Watford General Hospital in London, UK.