Infant Mortality: KCB Donates Incubators to Mbarara Hospital

Dr. Elias Kumbakumba Regional doctor incharge of infants at Mbarara Hospital after receiving the equipment

Retired Supreme Court Judge and former Attorney General, page Prof George Wilson Kanyeihamba has commented on the concluded general elections saying there was evidence of manipulation of results to favor the incumbent President Museveni.

The controversial legal practitioner told Chimpreports on Saturday that there was influence peddling in the electoral process especially at district level by the state among other discrepancies.
“I was watching NBS TV on the evening of Friday 19 and they were airing live results from different district returning officers. At the start, prostate Museveni was in lead with 55.8% while Kizza Besigye had 40%. Gradually, Museveni’s percentage continued to dwindle as Besigye rose to 52% and 43% respectively,” narrated Kanyeihamba.

He however notes that when the broadcast shifted focus to Jinja district where results were being declared by the returning officer, she suddenly ignored the results she was holding after being handed different ones.

According to Kanyeihamba, it was evident that the tense officer, fidgeting with a shocked facial expression, was under influence by invincible forces not to read out the new results.

He recounts that at the moment, the cameras went dark only for the broadcast to resume with the caption; ‘Provisional Results from Electoral Commission’ which placed ‘Museveni in lead With 63.9% and Besigye 32.4%.’ This he says was sustained until Saturday morning.

“Clearly, this was not true and the tallying system was being manipulated to give wrong results. Like I observed in the past, Uganda will never be the same after the 2016 elections.”

On whether he supports a re-run or a unity government as Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro proposed to Besigye recently, Prof. Kanyeihamba objected saying; “I don’t support a re-run or forming a coalition government. I encourage Kizza Besigye to go to the Supreme Court since there are all indications that he won the election. He should present his evidence and if the court isn’t compromised, he will be declared winner.”

While Kayeihamba proposes that the FDC candidate seeks legal redress, the latter continues to be placed under preventive arrest at his home and denied freedom of movement by police.

Many remain skeptical about his chances of meeting the Electoral Commission 10 days deadline in which candidates should petition the election outcomes.

Kanyeihamba termed the conduct of police as a ‘disgrace’ and a situation that is ‘beyond a dictatorship’. He says it defies the will of the people and violates human rights.

“Under which law is defiance an offence? Must one police arrest someone countless times with no charges just because they imagine he is likely to commit crimes?” questions one of Uganda’s seasoned law practitioners adding that; “The powers that be are brewing problems for themselves. If the ten days pass and Besigye hasn’t expressed his constitutional right to file a petition, Uganda will be going in an unmarked territory of confusion.”

Meanwhile, Prof. Kanyeihamba was on Friday stopped by Police from going to Makerere University where he was supposed to present a paper titled; “Comment on the Presidential Election of 2016. Fact or Fiction” saying it would spark out violence among students given the current political circumstances.

“I was warned by the police not to go to Makerere University where I was supposed to deliver my annual public lecture. They said that am known to be so open and I could end up provoking students to riot or be harmed in the chaos,” Prof. Kanyeihamba told Chimpreports in a telephone interview.

He proceeded to say; “Of course it was unfortunate but I accepted their advice and instead made notes which I forwarded and were discussed. The students said they would invite me at a later time.”

Prof. Kanyeihamba was part of the 3 Supreme Court justices who ruled that the 2006 Presidential election which gave President Museveni a third term was fraudulent enough to be nullified. He has come out often times to criticize Museveni’s administration for gross violation of the constitution.
KCB bank yesterday donated 2 neonatal incubators to pediatric department of Mbarara Referral Hospital in a bid to reduce infant mortality in the district.

While handing over the incubators worth 20M Shs, nurse KCB bank managing director Joram Kiarie said Uganda is one of the countries grappling with a high numbers of premature babies; yet lacking adequate facilities to ensure babies in this condition are kept alive and safe.

Kiarie said that in the past 3 years, ed KCB bank has injected over 240M Shs in donating incubators across the country.

Shiellah Nyamwire, discount KCB bank customer service officer speaking to journalists said that they found it important to give back to their customers both from urban centers and in hard to reach areas.

Shiellah Nyamwire-KCB Bank customer service officer speaking to the press after donating the incubators to Mbarara Referral Hopsital

Shiellah Nyamwire-KCB Bank customer service officer speaking to the press after donating the incubators to Mbarara Referral Hopsital

Dr. Elias Kumbakumba, a doctor in charge of infants at the referral hospital says that they receive 25-30 cases of premature birth every week which needs special medical attention.

Elias said that 1.5 million children born annually, more than 200,000 pre-term babies are born before 37weeks and nearly 90% of them die before their first birthday.

He thanked KCB bank which has taken the initiative to provide incubators to the hospital to reduce on child mortality rate in the hospital.

He also highlighted that the hospital still lacks space, nurses and doctors to cater for the premature born babies who need immediate attention.


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