By Eddie Ssejjoba and Anne Mugisa
STATE minister for internal affairs Dr. Kezimbira Miyingo was on Thursday night rushed to Nsambya hospital in coma after collapsing at his farm in Bukoto in Masaka.
Kezimbira, who stood on the NRM ticket, was by press time facing stiff competition from Isaac Ssejjoba, an independent candidate and DPâ€™s Henry Bazira Ssewanyana, as the vote counting continued.
Family sources said Miyingo was rushed to Nsambya Hospital by his aides in coma at around 3:00am. By yesterday, however, he had regained consciousness, but doctors had blocked visitors from seeing him.
A â€œStrictly no visitorsâ€ notice hang on his Madhivan Private Ward room 14 door. Family members said Miyingoâ€™s condition had greatly improved from the time he was brought in. They said the minister can now talk.
Sources said Miyingo was rushed from his Nkunyu farm, about 5kms from Mbiriizi town in Lwengo sub county.
Sources said after he had recovered consciousness, the minister said he â€œfelt a shortage of oxygen supplyâ€ and collapsed.
Earlier, on Thursday, the minister said he was sick and resting at home. His official car had allegedly been hit by some voters on the eve of the elections. â€œI do not know about it because Iâ€™m sick and resting at home. Contact my driver Mawazi, he may tell you,â€ the minister, who sounded tired, said.
Talking about Muyingoâ€™s vehicle, south western regional Police commander, Eugene Nkore said, â€œWe have some suspect.â€
Other security officials said the ministerâ€™s aides were trying to arrest a man they suspected to be dishing out items to voters but in the process the Pajero, UG 00519, was damaged.