THE first deputy premier, Lt.General Moses Ali risks diabetes and impotence because of his weight,
Dr. Vincent Karuhanga, a specialist sports doctor, told court yesterday while testifying as a defence witness for The Monitor in a defamation case brought against the paper last year.
The article, â€œOver Weight Men More Prone to Impotenceâ€, though not mentioning Aliâ€™s name, was accompanied by a picture of Ali and a white man with the caption: â€œPeople who are overweight are more likely to suffer from diabetes than their lean counterpartsâ€.
â€œThey (Ali and friend in picture) are grossly over weight. I can tell from their pot bellies,â€ Karuhanga said.
He said he could tell from Aliâ€™s â€œpot bellyâ€ that he was overweight.
In the suit, Ali said the published article implied he was impotent due to over weight.
â€œThe analysis in the article is correct. Diabetes blocks blood vessels which are important in filling up the penis to erect, leading to no erection or a weak erection,â€ Karuhanga, who also runs a health columnist in the paper, said.
Ali, who is being represented by Paul Palia Kiapi, said he was neither diabetic nor impotent, saying he had 30 children from four wives.
However, Karuhanga said it was possible for impotent men to father children.
He said over weight men are prone to diabetes, which might lead to impotence by destroying the nerves supposed to maintain an erection.
Karuhanga said the article was important and of public interest for the paperâ€™s readers to help them improve their lives.
He said overweight people should reduce the eating rate and do more exercise to reduce the risk of getting diabetes and other diseases associated with overweight problems.
James Nangwala is the defence counsel.
â€˜Ali risks impotenceâ€™