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LC1 chairman in trouble over reporting to Museveni about poor state of hospital

An LC 1 Chairman (Upper Cell – Hoima Municipality) a one, Kiyimba Mohammed has been tasked by authorities to give an explanation of his remarks on Hoima Referral Hospital while addressing President Museveni recently (FILE PHOTO)

HOIMA – The Director of Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Peter Mukobi, has given a local council chairman up to November 23 to provide a written explanation as to the remarks he made before President Museveni last week that the regional hospital is in a bad state.

Mr. Kiyimba Mohammed, the chairperson LC1 Upper Cell Hoima Municipality, told the President during the launch of the Albertine Region scholarship fund at Booma Grounds in Hoima Town that the referral hospital is not providing accessible and quality services to the population of Bunyoro Region and therefore the Hospital Director should be transferred.

This did not go down well with the Hospital Director, who has since asked Mr Kiyimba for further explanation.

“On 15th November 2018, while at a function to launch Albertine Region sustainability Project at Booma Grounds, you reported to His Excellency the President of Uganda that Hoima Regional Referral Hospital is not providing accessible and quality services to the population of Bunyoro Region and therefore the Hospital Director should be taken away,” the letter reads in part.

“Other issues you presented were the theft of medicines, corruption, Deaths of Children and complaints against Moses Kaigo of the X-ray Department. These issues are coming for the first time, and therefore to enable Government to take serious steps to improve health services delivery. This is to request you to provide a written explanation on the above allegations so that we can take effective corrective actions,” the letter adds.

The letter is also copied to The Minister of State for Primary Health Care — Hon. Dr. Joy. Moriku, Minister of State Public Service Karubanga David, Member of Parliament Bugahya County Pius Wakabi Rufumba, the Resident District Commissioner, the LCV Chairperson, Holma, the Mayor, the District Internal Security Officer and the chairperson Rewards and Sanctions.

It is not immediately clear what next step will be taken should he not write. Local leaders and residents often report their leaders to the President at different rallies. Last year, the President fired workers of a health center in Wakiso District after residents complained to him that they were not doing their job. They were, however, reinstated later on.

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