PRINCE John Barigye of Ankole has been flown to India for a kidney transplant, family sources have said. By yesterday, the Prince was yet to undergo the transplant following failure of one of his kidneys.
PRINCE John Barigye of Ankole has been flown to India for a kidney transplant, family sources have said.
By yesterday, the Prince was yet to undergo the transplant following failure of one of his kidneys.
Relatives said Barigye has been having problems with his kidney and had been closely monitored by physicians here and abroad.
He travelled to India last week and was accompanied by his sister, Princess Rosemary Kirungi and a donor (name withheld) who would offer a kidney.
The chairman of the Ankole Cultural Trust, William Katatumba, said Barigye, who is 70 years old, was in a fairly good condition.
â€œHe went to India for check up and treatment. He will be back soon when he is fully recovered,â€ Katatumba added.
The Ankole Cultural Trust supports the restoration of the Obugabe (monarchy) of Ankole. Its spokesperson, Justus Muhanguzi, said he did not have details of the princeâ€™s health.
â€œI have been trying to get details of the condition of the prince in India but I am not yet successful. But I know he is not in a worrying state,â€ Muhanguzi said yesterday.
Barigye was crowned King of Ankole in 1993 but the Government immediately nullified the restoration of the Ankole kingdom on the grounds that the kingship was unpopular among the majority Banyankole.
Those against the monarchy said it used to be oppressive to most of the subjects.
â€œIt is unfair that politicians from the greater Bushenyi sabotaged the move to have the Ankole monarchy restored,â€ Muhanguzi told New Vision last week.
â€œWe lack cultural leadership and the development it attracts but we shall continue asking the Government and our people to allow the Ankole kingdom to be restored,â€ he added.
Prince Barigye in India for kidney operation