Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party President Patrick Amuriat and Buhweju County MP Hon Mwijukye Francis Saturday led a drive to wash cars at “Save Jaspa Car wash” at Acacia Car Wash in Kololo.
POA is the Chief Car washer in the drive aimed at saving a Rukungiri based political activist Jaspa Natukunda who needs money to get specialised treatment in Turkey.
Kizza Besigye’s aide, Ronald Muhinda, says Jaspa’s kidney was “destroyed by junta police”.
The car wash aims to raise at least Shs90m to send Jaspa to Turkey for specialised treatment.
Hon. Mwijukye, FDC mobilisation secretary, Ingrid Turinawe, Dr. Warren Kizza Besigye and several people of good will have either brought their cars for washing or are washing cars.
“Some other people are only coming in to donate money, any amount that they wish to donate,” Muhinda said.
Jaspa was arrested and tortured inside Rukungiri police station and has had several operations in Uganda since 2012.
“As an activist, I know and feel his pain. Jaspa is nothing without treatment. Either way, he was crippled for life. He will never be the same. Let us save him,” Muhinda added.
The fundraising is headed by Elder Atanansi Rutaro, the former LCV Chairperson Rukungiri and Byamugyisha Moses, former FDC Party President Aspirant.
This is Jaspa’s story:
I was an astute youthful businessman, a trusted opposition youth leader in Kigezi, a peer mentor, a tireless and industrious political activist. That is who I was.
Then, one day, in 2012, the NRM regime crippled me. For good. I was kidnapped by NRM regime Police, detained in Rukungiri Police Station and then tortured in darkness. By dawn, my kidney had been destroyed.
My crime was organizing traders in Rukungiri and Kanungu to demonstrate the delay by the regime to repair the collapsed Mitano Bridge, a vital crossing that connects Rukungiri to Kanungu.
Today, Mitano Bridge, reopened in 2016 with a yellow coating, stands high above Mitano river, but for me, who fought for its repair and restoration, has had my life destroyed.
Since 2012, I have been in hospital. I have undergone multiple operations to repair my kidney. My abdomen carries several scars from multiple operations. It is a very traumatic and painful experience.
Court awarded me 270M in compensation for what I went through. But it is unlikely that I will ever get the money to treat myself while alive.
Dear Ugandans, it has come to a point where I must come to you for support to keep me alive. I need your financial help to get specialized treatment in Turkey.
I believe I fought for noble causes, I request you to also fight to keep me alive. Please give me a chance to live happily. I request for your contribute towards my recovery.
A car wash has been organised for Saturday 01st Dec 2018 at Acacia Car Wash (Next to City Oil) to raise 89M to afford me specialized treatment in Turkey. Please come and support us