September 8, 2008

Ugandan Paper Says Local King Died of Prostate Cancer

Excerpt from report by Solomon Muyita entitled "Doctor tells of how Muloki battled cancer" published by leading privately-owned Ugandan newspaper The Daily Monitor website on 8 September

Contrary to earlier media reports, the Kyabazinga [king] of Busoga Henry Wako Muloki died of prostate cancer in its advanced stages, Daily Monitor can exclusively reveal.

The deadly cancer of the prostate was only detected in the late Muloki's body some time last year, but several efforts to flush it out of his body system were futile in local and international hospitals, his personal doctor has revealed. "You people have been writing wrong things," Dr Benon Wanume, the late Muloki's personal physician, told Daily Monitor in an interview yesterday.

Dr Wanume revealed that the Kyabazinga had earlier been battling with another cancer, the cancer of the oesophagus, that media reports have repeatedly said killed him on 1 September, which he said had been cured nine years ago.

Busoga's traditional ruler, who died at the age of 87, was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999. "We took him to Italy where he had surgery for about eight hours and that was dealt with. Subsequent reviews have shown that cancer never re-occurred," the doctor said. [Passage omitted]

Originally published by Daily Monitor website, Kampala, in English 8 Sep 08.

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