The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) has distanced itself from the actions of Dr. Samuel Oledo, its President, who prostrated before President Museveni and asked him to resign as he did not represent the interests of the Association.
On Saturday, Oledo led a group of other UMA members during the Youth Patriotism Symposium at Kololo Independence grounds in Kampala, to kneel down and thank President Museveni for his Visionary Leadership.
During the prostration, Oledo was on record saying the president has been the engine behind improving the welfare of health workers.
“Your Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, you have been the engine behind the improved welfare of health workers. Right now, the least paid health worker earns Shs.1.4 million from shs600,000.”
These and more actions of Oledo have been condemned by several commentators, on social media. A statement released by UMA also put it clear that that wasn’t the position of the Association.
A statement released by UMA Vice President, Dr.Edith Nakku- Joloba and Secretary General Dr.Herbert Luswata on Sunday put it that the Association didn’t approve of the actions of their president.
“Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore doesn’t participate in political activities of a partisan nature. UMA respects, honours, and is committed to service to its members and to the public as an association of professionals promulgated under the laws of Uganda,” UMA said in a statement.
The doctors’ body said their president, Dr.Samuel Oredo attended the meeting at Kololo in his own capacity but not on behalf of the Uganda Medical Association and that his communications were not representing the doctors’ views.
UMA said they are going to handle the issue internally within their organization.
“UMA NEC remains committed to the mandate given to it by all its members and requests the medical fraternity and the public whom UMA serves to keep calm as our internal systems handled this matter with the utmost care and trust the medical doctors and the people we serve have given us.”
Latest developments confirm that UMA executives have asked Oledo to step down from his role as the President of the Association.
The Executives contend that the association has been engaging Museveni in more formal and professional ways including appreciating him through their annual awards and as such the acts of kneeling by Dr, Oledo do not represent the Modus Operandi of UMA.
“The act of kneeling by Dr Oledo and the team doesn’t represent Modus Operandi of the Association.”
Former presidential Aspirant, Dr Kizza Besigye, said Dr Oledo’s action will go in history “as a terrible disgrace to Uganda’s medical profession!”
“Members of the profession must take urgent steps to cleanse the badly blotted image,” he tweeted.