FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye has attacked President Yoweri Museveni over the existing nodding disease in Acholi sub region. Dr. Besigye while on his support seeking trail in several sub counties of Lagoro, Mucwini and Kitgum-Matidi in Kitgum district accused president Museveni of orchestrating the spread of nodding disease which has existed in Kitgum for about three years.
According to Besigye, Nodding disease is a disease of President Museveni’s NRM government and that disease has come during his 30-years of presidency and he has not done anything to stop it. Besigye adds that because of the breakdown of the health care system under the president’s rule, it has become a concern of the whites to try and investigate the cause and the likely solutions to nodding disease, but government remains silent.
Nodding disease has been existent in Acholi sub- region for about three years, mainly affecting people in Kitgum district. Several people especially children have suffered from the disease with many dying as a result and others left maimed since the exact treatment to nodding disease victims remains a hurdle to many medics in the country. Dr. Besigye also noted that the people of Acholi sub-region suffered most during the 20-year Joseph Kony war which started in Acholi and spread to Lango and Teso sub- regions and that as soon as he gets elected into power, he will give Acholi top priority in rebuilding the LRA affected communities.
The FDC presidential candidate also pledged to institute an inquiry into the 30-years of president Museveni’s rule and also into what exactly led to the 20- year LRA war commanded by Kony. He says there should be truth telling and accountability in the LRA insurgency during president Museveni’s regime as Ugandans want to know who did what. He said all those who had a hand should be investigated and action taken against them for true reconciliation in the war-affected sub regions of Lango, Acholi and Teso.