Mao down with pneumonia but stable – family

stronKAMPALA- stronParliament yesterday joined the Democratic Party (DP) and the family of its president Norbert Mao to clear the air over his health, explaining that he has been diagnosed with pneumonia but is in a stable condition in Nairobi Hospital, Kenya.

Speaking separately yesterday, Mr Dan Kidega, the brother of Mr Mao and Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, both dispelled reports that circulated on social media platforms yesterday that the DP president had passed on.

Other social media sites reported that his health had taken a turn for the worse, an account the family rejected.

Mr Kidega told a press briefing at Parliament that no poison had been detected in Mr Mao’s body, contrary to what the Red Pepper tabloid reported early this week.

The East African Legislative Assembly representative announced that to manage the information surrounding Mr Mao’s health, Mr Oulanyah, Aswa County MP Reagan OKumu and Mr Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general, are authorised to speak about the matter.

Mr Kidega said Gimara Aocates, the lawyers of Mr Mao’s household can also give updates.

Mr Nsubuga said the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, coordinated the efforts to fly Mr Mao from St Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu District to Nairobi Hospital last weekend.

Mr Mao fell sick shortly after he arrived in northern Uganda to participate in the ongoing campaign for electoral reforms ahead of the 2016 polls.

Mr Oulanyah later told the House in an afternoon session that he has received distress calls from northern Uganda and Europe seeking updates about the health of the former Gulu Municipality MP.

“It is true that he is indisposed and it is also true that he is responding to treatment fairly well. What is not true is that he has passed on,” Mr Oulanyah said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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