Dr Byarugaba said that it was disturbing that politicians don't want to pay for hospital services and expect peasants to pay for the same, adding that although the hospital is often blamed for not raising revenue, all efforts in this direction have been frustrated by Ministers, Members of Parliament and other political leaders.
In 2019, President Yoweri Museveni ordered the National Drug Authority (NDA) to cancel licences of the two private pharmacies operating in Mulago. However, the directive, according to Dr. Baterana, was temporarily stayed following legal advice from the Attorney General.
But for them to be able to occupy these offices and execute their mandate, the presidency needed an allocation of up to 8.3 billion Shillings. Of this, only 3.2 billion Shillings was provided to cover the cost of renting their offices and allowances. The money that was not provided was budgeted for the purchase of their motor vehicles, according to State Minister for Economic MonitoringPeter Ogwang.
The Ministry's Permanent Secretary Vincent Bagiire told the Foreign Affairs Commitee of Parliament on Thursday that the fleet that they are using was procured prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting -CHOGM which was hosted in 2007. He says that 14 years later, the vehicles are now in a sorry state and an embarrassment to the government.