With visible difficulty in speaking, Kyanjo informed the house that he had been advised not to make lengthy speeches or conversations. In his personal statement, Kyanjo described his illness as a trial as he could not imagine life unable to speak.
The vocal MP, who had been absent from the house for almost a year, said this on the floor of the house on Thursday, September 28, when Speaker Rebecca Kadaga invited him to greet his colleagues.
Kyanjo had been away in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for treatment. He regretted that he had not taken the time earlier to conduct regular check-ups because his illness could have been detected and treated.
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The legislator initially suffered from a jaw dislocation but was later diagnosed with a disease called dystonia, a disease which causes involuntary shaking. Kyanjo suffers from vocal dystonia or dystonia of the tongue which he said makes speech difficult and painful.
With visible difficulty in speaking, Kyanjo informed the house that he had been advised not to make lengthy speeches or conversations. In his personal statement, Kyanjo described his illness as a trial because he could not imagine a life unable to speak.
MP Kyanjo is the sole representative of his party, Justice Forum (JEEMA) in Parliament and had been outspoken on the issues of corruption and poor governance.
He is the shadow Minister for Internal Affairs and sits on the committee of defence and internal affairs and the committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises. He had just been appointed on the ad hoc committee on oil which was instituted in October 2012 to investigate bribery allegations in the oil sector before he fell ill.
He thanked Parliament, the Parliamentary Commission and all the members who gave him support during the painful period.