Opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye is finally responding to social media buzz that he pledged Shs2 Billion to help Mulago National Referral hospital for the purchase of a new radiotherapy machine.

Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate in a tweet told off state run New Vision who had broken the news – “This is total fiction!! I fully support all effort to save Mulago but I haven’t made any pledge.”

Kifefe Kizza Besigye using his verified twitter handle @kizzabesigye1 has bashed New Vision for misinforming the masses
Kifefe Kizza Besigye using his verified twitter handle @kizzabesigye1 has bashed New Vision for misinforming the masses

Of course, Besigye’s response to the tweet above will not be taken in good faith by Uganda’s Leading Daily who have been for long bashed for discrediting the opposition.

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There has been uproar on social media with thousands set to suffer after Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine, used for treating cancer broke ‘beyond repair’ last week. The machine was donated in 1995, and has required repair work on a number of occasions over the years. Radiotherapy is a treatment involving the use of high-energy radiation to target cancerous cells.

The hospital gets 44,000 new referrals a year from Uganda, as well as from neighbouring countries including Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

An estimated 75 per cent of new referrals may need radiotherapy treatment, the unit’s Spokesperson Christine Namulindwa said.