By Namugerwa Martha
After struggling for 15 months now since the break down of the singular cancer machine, the cancer patients had gained hope shortly before the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) burst it into pieces as they received news that the machine was confiscated.
The official unveiling of the new radiotherapy machine at Uganda Cancer Institute at Mulago Referral Hospital has again been deferred.
Earlier the ministry had announced that the Minister of Health Ruth Aceng would recieve the machine, but journalists were told the exercise called off because the equipment is still held at URA head offices in Nakawa over taxes.
The URA officials have refused to release the machine because of tax. However, according to the process of how the machine was procured it is exempted from taxes.
However, officials at Nakawa insist that the supplier and the shipping company did not clear some required tax obligations.
The Executive Director of Uganda Cancer Institute, Dr. Jackson Orem told journalists that some “steps” were not reconciled and the machine couldn’t reach Mulago.