The Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Betty Bakireke Nambooze is set to return home after two weeks, having successfully undergone a couple of surgeries at Manipal Hospital India, including a Bone Marrow Aspiration surgery this week.
“After undergoing all the medical procedures including fixing back the screw, looking for the veins that had disappeared and now the knee surgery, I am feeling much better, though with pain,” MP Nambooze who was speaking with difficulty in a WhatsApp audio recording from India said.
Although she is recovering steadily, Ms Nambooze indicated that the doctors have advised her to stay in hospital for the next two weeks without any movement so that the cartilage that she had lost in the knee after the bone marrow aspirations can build up.
“I am on my way to recovery…and I still call for your prayers and hopeful that we shall return and start from where we stopped because; the struggle for democracy and human rights, rule of law and constitutionalism in Uganda is still on and we need many people to join us,” Ms Nambooze added.
She also expressed gratitude to all the people who have stood by her spiritually, morally and financially since last year when she got injuries during a scuffle in Parliament as the opposition MPs protested against the move to table the Age limit Amendment Bill.
When contacted on whether the MP was finally given the money (about Shs38m) she required for the knee surgery, Mr Chris Obore, the Parliament director of Communications said he was not aware.
“I am not aware. I don’t know,” Mr Obore responded in a phone interview with Daily Monitor yesterday.
However, one of Ms Nambooze’s personal assistants told this Newspaper that Parliament had only released part of the money that was required to clear her medical review but did not cover the knee surgery and other allowances. We could not however establish how much money the MP received by press time.