Reactions as doctors kneel before President Museveni
By Peter Ochieng
A section of medical practitioners in Uganda have become the talk of the town after a video surfaced online showing them kneeling before President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The medical officers, under the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) clad in their medical regalia, are seen kneeling before Museveni, and ‘begging’ him to run for the Presidency again in 2026.
“Your Excellency, thank you. You have uplifted us. We kneel before you after assessing that you are capable. Help us and contest again in 2026 and take us ahead as you secure our future. We want Uganda to reach where God expects it to be,” says UMA President, Dr. Samuel Odong as quoted by Uganda Newspaper, the Monitor.
The doctors reportedly met Museveni over the weekend. However, UMA Deputy President Edith Jolaba says Odong’s actions and sentiments are his own, and that they do not represent the association.
“The act of kneeling by Dr. Odong and the team doesn’t represent the modus operandi of the association,” she said in a statement.
As expected, the move has attracted a lot of banter, especially online. Uganda opposition leader Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine is among those who reacted.
“No wonder some of our hospitals have long turned into death traps for Museveni’s opponents. Imagine being rushed to hospital and put in the hands of one of those so-called doctors,” he stated.
“You know it has become a habit for everyone who wants a ministerial position to always kneel down to utter such disgusting sentiments so that they can be rewarded,” wrote Manyindo David.
“It is only a few mangoes that make the whole basket spoilt. But most of our medical personnel are sober practitioners committed to duty fulfillment amidst poor working conditions,” said Wamala Balunabba.
Mata David said, “It is so sad and these are reasons why we have to fight for a better Uganda.”
“Majority of doctors are fine. It is just that the new UMA president is a bootlicker and is probably looking for a job in the dictatorship,” said Ivan Mulef.
78-year-old Museveni has been in power since 1986.