Dr Kizza Besigye has advised Ugandans on the outbreak and how best it can be handled from spreading further.
Today, malaria accounts for most deaths, and it has been for quite a number of years, Besigye said Thursday morning while appearing on NTV.
“That means, we have failed to defeat a mosquito but here is a virus.”
He criticised President Museveni’s ban on some markets and public transport which will leave many confined at home with no income.
“You can’t just announce a shutdown with no plan B. That is pushing them to the wall and what will come out of that is nothing but a high crime rate,” he noted.
“In this crisis, we must work together, support each other, share food with neighbours and carry ourselves out of this,” he urged.
Besigye, a doctor himself, called upon fellow professional medical personnel, to please ignore the money factor when called upon.
This is the time to serve selflessly, don’t look at allowances, Besigye told doctors.
“Let’s work together and if I am also called to come back and work as a professional doctor, yes I will.”
He added: “I haven’t practiced medicine for the last 40 years but if you need me I will come. This cannot be defeated on an individual basis, we need to work together.”
He said the first thing every Ugandan should do is to kneel down and pray.
“This is a matter that is beyond our competences, we need God to reign in on this hopeless situation, we really need that super natural power.”
Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe, known as Kizza Besigye, and also nicknamed Colonel, Daktari, Kifefe, KB, and Ssenyondo, is a physician, politician, and former military officer in the Uganda People’s Defence Force.
After graduating, Besigye briefly worked at Mulago National Hospital. He later went into exile in neighbouring Kenya.
While there, he applied to the Medical Board for registration to work as a doctor.
After getting registered, he applied for a job at the Aga Khan Hospital which he was given and then started working as a doctor and later at Kenyatta National Hospital – both in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi – before joining Museveni’s rebel National Resistance Movement/Army (NRM/A) in 1982.
In the bush, he served as then rebel leader Museveni’s personal doctor.