President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday evening praised the Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng as a dedicated medical practitioner.
The statement comes at a time Aceng is under fire over failure to observe social distancing during a recent public function in Lira district.
In his concluding remarks during the COVID-19 related address, Museveni said he watched the video footage in which Aceng was seen in a procession with women singing her political praises in Lira.
“One time I had gone to Lira when we were fighting rebels. I found a young and dedicated lady,” said Museveni.
The President said he wooed Aceng from Lira, where she was serving as the Regional Referral Hospital Director, to Kampala to take up a higher position.
“I saw she was a committed person and told her to come and bring the devotion in Lira to headquarters as Director General Services,” added Museveni.
The President noted that after becoming Minister, Aceng shared with him her ambition to join politics.
“When I made her a minister, this Covid-19 came and she had done a good job with her team. Her people from Lango asked her to stand but I told her don’t go,” said Museveni.
Adding: “I told her you don’t need to stand. Your constituency is here in Nakasero and thought I had convinced her.”
The President stated that when Aceng, a medical professional not exposed to politics, went to distribute masks in Lira, she was overwhelmed by the population.
“Doctors are used to their gowns and laboratory and people respecting them. When she went to distribute masks, or something hidden behind, Langi women came and the poor girl (Aceng) was behind them in a procession,” said Museveni.
The President appealed to leaders to always run away from the crowd when the public approached them.
“If people congregate, run away. That is what I did when I checking on the water levels the other day,” said Museveni.