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Kyenjojo police officers arrested over stolen HIV drugs

The recovered drugs

The recovered drugs

A joint operation by the police and the Uganda National Drug Authority (UNDA) seized a consignment of stolen government drugs in Kyenjojo and Ntoroko districts valued at over Shs 300 million.

Vincent Twesige, Rwenzori West police spokesperson told journalists at a media briefing on Monday that seven suspects, including a police officer, are currently in custody at Fort Portal Central police station on charges related to the illegal possession of government supplies, operating pharmacies without licenses, abuse of office and negligence on duty among others.   

The suspects are assistant superintendent of police (ASP), Tuke Katuramu, the in charge of Kyejonjo police health centre II, Denis Blessing, the owner of Blessing Pharmacy in Kyenjojo, Tom Bwebale, Isiah Isingoma, Allan Samuel Mwesige, the in charge of Bweramule health centre III, Mary Mbabazi, a storekeeper at the same health facility, and Alex Mbusa, a porter at Bweramule health centre III, all from Ntoroko district.

Twesige highlighted the role of vigilant members of the public in the arrest of the suspects, saying they provided crucial information to law enforcement about the ongoing illegal sale of government drugs.  

Abiaz Rwamwiri, the spokesperson of UNDA, explained that during an intelligence-led operation in Ntoroko district, Mbusa was found in possession of numerous boxes of drugs hidden in the ceiling of his house. Mbusa later confessed that some of the 'brokers' he was working with were selling the drugs on the black market in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Rwamwiri revealed that the seized drugs included antimalarials, HIV/antivirals, Hepatitis B testing kits, and other essential medications. He also expressed concern that many of the drugs were stored at high temperatures, contrary to the recommended standards of storing them in cool and dry places for safety, which could have harmful effects on recipients.

"Blessing was operating an illegal pharmacy, and this operation uncovered an illegal distribution chain of drugs in remote areas. He believed our operations wouldn't reach these areas, but upon his arrest, several drugs were recovered from his stores," Rwamwiri added.

He noted that the actions of the suspects were depriving the community of much-needed drugs, particularly antiretrovirals, which he said could lead to drug resistance among the intended beneficiaries.

 

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0 #1 kabayekka 2023-09-27 03:36
Indeed these are some of the individuals who continue to work, pray day in and day out for Uganda to have one leadership for ages! Why not.

They are in there making lots of money as the Ministry of health, using the treasury to collect and buy lots of drugs nation wide and all over the world, promises to increase taxation on medical treatment in this country!
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0 #2 kabayekka 2023-09-27 03:51
That is why one wants to ask the World bank and the USA who in his right mind is going to pay for such wasted international loans.

Because anti homosexuality has become the sing song economic tune to make continent Africa the most developed all over planet earth! Who is fooling who in economic terms?
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0 #3 Lakwena 2023-09-27 15:26
These heartless thieves should count themselves lucky.

Lucky because, if they had live during Amin's Era of no tolerance of thieves, including mere Bus Park, pick-pockets; it would have been "a shortcut Justice". They would have been lined up against the wall of any Marram quarry or trees in Kyenjojo and shot by sunset the following day.

Otherwise, prove me wrong. Right fro the former Minister of Health, Gen Jim Muwhezi (Global and Gavi Funds); how can a regime of thieves, by thieves and for thieves, deal with thieves, who go the miles of not only stealing donors and taxpayers cash, but also Iron Sh*ts, the people's medicine and sell them off for a song in the neighboring countries?
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