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An Open Letter to Presidential Candidates

Controversial retired Brigadier General, try http://debbieschlussel.com/wp-content/plugins/limit-login-attempts-reloaded/core/helpers.php Kasirye Ggwanga has warned former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi of possible arrest should the presidential candidate leak state secrets to the media.

“He will have booked himself a good place at Luzira Prison, http://collegenotester.com/applications/dashboard/modules/class.morepagermodule.php ” threatened the cantankerous security advisor to President Museveni.

The warning comes against the backdrop of Mbabazi’s threats to disclose cabinet secrets if provocations from the ruling NRM continue.

Mbabazi was reacting to President Museveni’s remarks that he fired the Prime Minister because he was a failure in his work.

Addressing the press in Arua District on Tuesday, Mbabazi warned: “Even now, I am not disclosing any secrets that came to me by way of my office. Not yet in anyway. I feel bound by them, these provocations notwithstanding,” he said.

“But if these provocations continue, I will say it (what transpired in Cabinet).”

In an exclusive interview with ChimpReports on Wednesday morning, Kasirye Ggwanga said Mbabazi is treading on a dangerous ground.

“The law is very clear. If you release classified information that came to you by virtue of your office, you are immediately arrested and jailed. That’s what will happen to that man called Mbabazi.”

Asked whether Mbabazi should not defend himself amid accusations of incompetence, Ggwanga responded: “‘He can tell the people that ‘I used to go hunting with Museveni but he would miss targets.’ That’s okay. But releasing confidential information, no way.’”

He further said Mbabazi’s actions hinge on national security.

“The moment you reveal classified information, we arrest you – because you are joking with national security. That’s a dangerous zone,” addedm Ggwanga who fought in different wars that delivered President Museveni to power in 1986.

Cabinet discussions are confidential for security reasons, according to the law.

Chapter 3.3.2 of the Cabinet Handbook provides that “discussion at Cabinet and Cabinet Committee meetings is confidential and Ministers and officials should not disclose proposals likely to be considered at any Cabinet meetings outside.”
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Thank you for your willingness to stand for presidency. The calling to public service is a sacred vocation. I hold you for nomination and election in my prayers.

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You and your other fellow presidential candidates have so far addressed issues concerning laptops, http://crownheights.info/wp-includes/bookmark.php hoes, teachers’ salaries, corruption, federal governance but I have heard no one talking about sickle cells.

A quick insight, sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder which is inherited when both parents carry the sickle cell gene. People with this disease are susceptible to life-long infections and early mortality if left undiagnosed, recurrent debilitating pain, anemia and chronic organ damage including stroke, kidney and respiratory failure.

I would like to bring to your attention that sickle cell disease is and has been affecting millions of Ugandans and other people worldwide.

About 33,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease every year in Uganda. That is about 17 percent of the world population of children born with sickle cell disease and 70 – 80 percent do not celebrate their fifth birthdays.

These children who die also desire to have a country where they can live up to their adulthood. A quick back in April this year the survey results revealed that 4 out of 150 children in Uganda below 2 years, have sickle cell disease and 1 of 7 children are carrying the sickle cell gene.

20 percent of Ugandans are carriers of sickle cell trait and if they marry another person with sickle cell trait or disease, they can give birth to children with sickle cell disease. 20 percent means 1 out of 5 Ugandans are carriers of sickle cell trait. 1 out of 5 people on your campaign team, 1 out of 5 ministers, 1 out of 5 people you address are sickle cell carriers.

Dear candidate as you promise hoes, and improving the wealth of Ugandans, remember the children with sickle cell and their parents who cannot benefit from these programs.

As you provide to increase the salaries of teachers and giving free laptops, there children who will not be able to attend classes of these well paid teachers due to pain episodes, stroke caused by this disease.

Sickle cell disease is one of the non- communicable diseases in Uganda that is receiving less attention. The victims have long been neglected to their own destiny to cater for themselves.

There is little or lack of sensitization of the masses of what sickle cell is.

Dear presidential candidate, it is alarming as to the few people in Uganda that have no clue on what sickle cell disease is, yet most people have heard of cancer and HIV/AIDS.

It is only those that are directly touched by the disease or those who are part of the medical community handling the disease know about it.

There is no National sickle cell Registry. This has made it difficult to accurately determine how many people are living with sickle cell disease and trait and where they are.

There is insufficient control and management programmes, the only programmes available have neither the national coverage nor basic facilities to manage the patients.

As you traverse the whole country rallying for votes, I argue you to prioritize sickle cell by integrating sickle cell control programs in the national programs for prevention and control of this disease.

Essential areas of work should cover advocacy, prevention, counseling, early detection and treatment, data collection, surveillance and research, community education and partnerships.

After your swearing in come May 2016 I wish you to start by establishing a Sickle Cell Institute in your first 100 days in office for carrying out research, treatment, distribution of medicine required for the treatment of the disease.

As you assign duties to your minister of health I urge you, give him/her the first responsibility of introducing a bill for prevention, control and management of sickle cell disease first.

Elections are about leadership. Leaders influence and shape the world around them. Your stand on sickle cell will determine how a sickle cell free generation can be achieved. The sickle cell community is watching.

Yours in sickle cell name

Ashiraf Ssebandeke

The writer is the Public Relations Officer, Sickle Cell Network Uganda and Country Representative African Sickle Cell News and World Report – Nigeria.

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