Gen. Ali Apologises on Govt Failure to Procure Cancer Machine

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General Moses Ali, the first deputy prime minister was today forced to apologise to mourners during the burial of Bishop Frederick Drandua on government failure to procure a cancer machine.

General Moses Ali, the first deputy prime minister was today forced to apologise to mourners during the burial of Bishop Frederick Drandua on government failure to procure a cancer machine.
  
General Ali apologised in the presence of Prime Minister Ruhagana Rugunda, ministers, Members of Parliament, district leaders, clergy and the mourners at Ediofe Cathedral in Arua town. Ali was provoked after the Anglican Bishop of Madi Rt. Reverend Dr. Joel Obetia strongly appealed to government to procure a cancer machine to save lives of many Ugandans who spend huge sums of money to travel abroad for treatment.
  
Bishop Drandua, who served as Arua diocesan bishop btween 1986 and 2009, succumbed cancer of the oesophagus on September 1, 2016 at Nsambya Hospital. He had been battling the disease since 2007.
  
Addressing mourners at Ediofe Cathedral, Bishop Obetia blamed the government and members of parliament for failing to budget for a cancer machine in Uganda arguing that this has led to the death of several Ugandans.
  
Bishop Obetia said the government of Uganda has decided to allocate money to legislators to purchase expensive cars yet the country lacks essential medical equipment like the radiotherapy machine.
 
Bishop Oenbtia appealed to MPs to substitute the purchase of cars with a cancer machine to help reduce on the cost of accessing cancer treatment outside the country. He says the cancer machine is an emergency while the purchase of cars is a luxury which can wait.
 
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The statement from the Bishop provoked General Ali who said it's too late to rescue the situation, but government will in future consider the issue of the cancer machine.
  
Ali asked the mourners to forgive government where it has failed.
  
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The Arua district Khadi, Amin Maga, described the late Bishop Drandua as a peace maker and unifying factor to all religious denominations. He observed that Bishop Drandua sacrificed his life for humanity and promoted dignity of the poor.

The family of the late Bishop gave a bible and a portrait of Drandua's photo as a gift to Prime Minister Rugunda to present to President Museveni.