Former East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) speaker, Dan Kidega, is hospitalized in Kampala after being seriously injured in a car crash on Saturday, March 27.
“Dan’s accident was serious,” said Kidega’s brother Norbert Mao on Sunday afternoon.
“He (Kidega) had a head on collision with a FUSO Lorry. His car went off the road and rolled. He was taken to TMR Hospital in Naalya. He is unconscious.”
Police are yet to disclose the scene of the accident.
Mao said Kidega sustained injuries on his head, right arm and left leg.
According to TMR’s Dr. Erasmus Okello, Kidega’s brain rotated a bit on impact and got grazed on the rough surface of the skull.
That led some bleeding in the brain. However, the scan shows that Kidega is out of danger.
An old boy of Ntare school, Kidega was student leader in the 1990s, rising to the rank of Chairman of the National Youth Council.
He worked as the Private Secretary to the Vice President of Uganda from 2000 to 2001.
He also served as a Member of Parliament in the Seventh Parliament from 2001 until 2006, as a National Youth Representative.
Mao said in a brief statement that due to injury caused to his chest blood seeped into his lungs as he coughed and so he needs life support to enable him get enough oxygen.
“The doctor says they have sedated him (Kidega) so that his brain can rest. There’s no need for surgery on the brain. He is expected to heal naturally with the support of medication,” said Mao.
“He is expected to be conscious after two days. There’s no bone fracture. All the injuries are soft tissue. Doctors can treat us but it is God that heals. Let’s lift Dan up in prayer. It is well!”
In February 2020, a family whose relative was knocked dead by a speeding vehicle belonging to Kidega went to court seeking compensation.
The deceased, Francis Nakibinge was reportedly knocked dead on March 8, by a speeding vehicle registration number TCD 694. The accident reportedly took place at the Namboole Stadium Roundabout.
His family, led by Gerald Sebandeke states that Kidega’s driver Elvis Kinene negligently drove the said vehicle at a high speed and lost control, swerving off the road into the opposite lane and ran over a motorcycle which Nakibinge was riding. The same motorcycle has a passenger who sustained serious injuries from the accident.