It was exactly one month Saturday (15, May, 2019) since Ethics and Integrity Minister Fr. Simon Peter Lokodo fell sick.
Mr. Lokodo, one of President Museveni Yoweri’s tough and hardworking ministers, especially on moral and homosexuality matters, has been ‘sickly’ since the start of this year, fellow colleague minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity tells this contemporary online newspaper Sunday.
Also, this contemporary online newspaper learnt that on Wednesday 15, May, 2019 – the minister fell “very sick” and was soon admitted at Mulago national hospital for better management.
On Thursday 16, May, 2019, the ‘nation’ learnt of his illness.
That day, minister Lokodo was to present to the nation what his ministry have achieved so far, challenges met while implementing the 2016-2021 NRM manifesto. This was during Manifesto Week that lasted 10 days, with different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) making their sectoral reports and accounts.
“Dear members, this morning we were expecting Minister of Ethics and Integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo to make his presentation, unfortunately, he told me on phone he’s sick and admitted at Mulago,” Willis Basaahsa, director manifesto implemention unit (MIU) in the office of the President told the house.
While at Mulago national hospital, Fr. Simon’s condition proved no better, we learnt.
He was soon recommended by doctors at government “high class national hospital” for transfer to Agha Khan hospital in Nairobi where he has spent more than 30 days.
Until now, what he’s suffering from has remained a secret.
“Minister is recovering and we are hopeful he will return to Uganda soon. We should continue to pray for him and the ministry he has transformed,” a government top official said on Sunday.
Attempts to get comments from the bedridden minister who has been available for comments whenever phoned by TND News has this time been difficult, as repeated calls are never picked.