Betty Kamya to Miss Last Rallies

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Presidential aspirant Beti Kamya was yesterday operated on at International Hospital Kampala after suffering intestinal obstruction – 16 days to the elections day.

Ms Kamya, the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) president, was rushed to hospital on Saturday following abdominal pain. “Doctors have assured me that it’s not a big problem. I am on my way to the theatre for an operation,” Ms Kamya told journalists minutes before she was taken into the operating room.

She said her campaign will, however, continue without her participation. She is scheduled to campaign in Luweero and Tooro districts. Ms Kamya is admitted to Room 4, private wing, and is being attended to by four doctors led by Dr Jackline Wanyana.

“It is my hope that I will be back in the field next week but my appeal to the people of Uganda is to be part of history by voting for the first woman president. I will be ready to serve my country,” she said.

According to Dr Prasandan Thayyil, the Chief Anaesthesiologist and Director, Cardiac Centre, Ms Kamya’s will require rest before resuming campaigns.

“Releasing the patient will depend on her conditions after the operation but we can’t recommend her to start [campaigns] immediately,” Dr Prasandan said. Ms Kamya, the only female candidate in the presidential race, is advocating a federal system of governance.

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