After days of speculation, the Democratic Party and family of Norbert Mao clarified yesterday that the DP boss was in a stable condition at Nairobi hospital.

Kampala was yesterday awash with speculation on social media that Mao, a former Gulu municipality MP and losing presidential candidate in the 2011 general election, had passed on. Some anxious readers called The Observer to check if the information was accurate. But speaking at a lunchtime news conference at Parliament, family and party members refuted the death reports.

They said Mao was making “positive response to treatment”.

The conference was addressed by DP Secretary General and Bukoto South MP Mathias Nsubuga; East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) member Dan Kidega, a brother to Mao; and DP member Kato Lubwama. Mao has been in Nairobi hospital since Friday.

Kidega thanked the UPDF and government for assisting Mao and denied tabloid allegations linking Mao’s illness to poisoning.

“As a family, we want to thank the UPDF and government for the kind of support they have extended to Mao because he was airlifted from Gulu to Kampala to catch the flight to Nairobi,” Kidega said. “I would like to put it categorically that he is being treated for pneumonia and there is no doctor, either from Lacor hospital or Nairobi, who says that he was poisoned.”

Nsubuga said he had spoken to Mao on phone for about 20 minutes on Wednesday, and to his wife yesterday morning.

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+3 #1 Jolly Joe 2014-07-25 01:51
Some times it is very difficult to prove that one has been poisoned. However poisoning can be done by enemy forces using biological agents sometimes known as biological warefare.

During the insurgency in N Uganda biological weapons were used on civilian populations and the long term effects are now manifested in nodding disease and lymphoma.
+3 #2 musoke Denis 2014-07-25 06:34
is the national referral hospital of Uganda in Nairobi?
+1 #3 silvia 2014-07-25 08:38
quick recovery.May God the almighty see u through this.Our prayers DP EGUMILE
0 #4 kabayekka 2014-07-25 14:20
They all go outside the country for medical treatment these days of NRM misrule.
+2 #5 Lakwena 2014-07-25 15:59
In other words, these are the new breed of African leaders, who run away from their own hospitals, which have been taken over by bats, cats and rats.

They are afraid to die in such hospitals; where all their voters, who are left with no choice but grudgingly die therein.

How did we get here, where all our sick politicians are flown out into the neighboring Kenya, for medical treatment; but via the UPDF signature.

Can we still pride ourselves as a country worth a name? What happened to our former prestigious Mulago Hopital?

Didn't the 1962, Independence president, A M Obote (RIP), and his arch enemy Idi Amin (RIP)both got admitted in that hospital with no additional cost, and came out proud of their medical staff?

But our new breed of president (M7), can't trust doctors in own country. Is he really one of us?
0 #6 webeshixty 2014-07-25 21:08
Putin must be in charge of the instruments of world politics! At dis rate, we need a national carrier of the dreamliner fame to ferry the cabinet to Aga Khan dispensary in Nairobi for treatment of kwashakior among the MPs. All is within the line of Uganda Airlines revival!

Gen. m7 must be sighing with relief, the rabid legislator is down and not many questions regarding mosquitos in oilfields and truth finding Chaipersons in state house.

Chairman Mao should spend more time with family, district and constituents, leave national politics to the generals. You only get remembered for good deeds after expiry!

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