M7 Minister Bagiire Feared Poisoned
Youthful Energetic Crippled by Kyanjo-like illness
By Our Reporters
Museveni’s state minister in charge of works and transport Aggrey Bagiire (who is also Bunya County MP) has lost his speech abilities and is confined at home for bed rest having recently returned from hospital in South Africa.
Reliable family sources revealed to us last night that the energetic minister can hardly make any intelligible speech as his throat area and tongue are swollen leaving him in dire pain.
“He was diagnosed with something very complex around the neck area and doctors say his throat is blocked and has a big mass of flesh around it making talking and breathing almost impossible,” said reliable family sources.
Bagiire, who has many political enemies both at home and nationally in Kampala, is feared to have been a victim of enemy poisoning as he stepped on many toes in his previous positions. Bagiire has previously been State Minister of Agriculture and was also chairing the NAADS/OWC BOD until last year February when he was re-elected to Parliament.
In his current station, the workaholic minister has greatly been involved in the SGR project which will cost trillions of money from the tax payer. There are concerns Bagiire, in his patriotic style, has been very hard on the Chinese groups which are supposed to fund the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project with a loan to the GoU.
“He has been very strong in the negotiations insisting on the best value for money for the people of Uganda at every opportunity,” says a source close to him in the works sector.
His inquisitiveness has uncomforted many heavyweights in the SGR project management and at Finance Ministry who are used to negotiating bad deals for the country. One of the last tasks he carried out at office two weeks ago concerned a long media statement he authored clarifying on the SGR after MPs had raised dust claiming the cost had greatly been exaggerated to rip off the tax payer.
Bagiire had previously actively participated in investigations that resulted into the knifing of CAA MD Makuza. CAA is among the many sub dockets he directly supervises as State Minister for transport. In all these clean up exercises, fearless Bagiire is feared to have stepped on many toes hence his current predicament. Sources say, like ex-Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo who for years has suffered the same condition, Bagiire needs prayers.
HAM NOT WELL: In a related development, controversial city property developer Hamis Kiggundu is also not well health-wise. On Friday, snoops shared a lift with him as he retired from his Makerere Ham Tower offices.
“Guys I’m really dying. Some people have told me to try mama Fiina for some spiritual cleansing in case some of the Park Yard vendors have bewitched me but I have refused. I’m a Muslim and I will rather die than go to shrines,” Ham told two aides as he unknowingly shared the lift with a stranger who happened to be our snoop.
The aides asked him for more elaboration and he explained as follows: “Every other day I’m increasingly finding it hard to breathe or even swallow saliva. I have a strange inflammation. At first I thought it as allergy but I have carried out numerous tests in vain. Some doctors say its sinuses [ENT] for which I have taken medication for months to no avail. I think I’m going to seek better treatment in South Africa after this Easter break.”
Ham’s confession of ill health seemed to have broken his aides who looked very scared saying “we still need you boss and can’t lose you this soon.”
Clearly as he walked to his white Mark X car, Ham was evidently in pain as he kept bending and leaning onto his aides for physical support.