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Government Drugs Sellers Arrested In Kamuli and Bugiri

Police in Busoga North have confirmed the arrest of Godfrey Kiiza, the in charge of the medical supplies store at Nankandulo Health Center IV, in Kamuli district over the illegal sale of government drugs meant for this facility.

Kiiza is currently detained at Kamuli central police station over the illegal sale of government drugs and abuse of office.

He is suspected of repacking and selling largely anti-malarial drugs, HIV/AIDs drugs, and test kits. It is alleged that Kiiza who was in charge of the drug supplies store would repack the government drugs in other packaging before reselling them to unsuspecting members of the general public.

His arrest resulted from intelligence-led investigations by officials from the State House health monitoring unit-HMU, following complaints from members of the general public.

The officer in charge of HMU in eastern Uganda, Mpaata Owa’gage says that their inquiries revealed how the amount of drugs was not tallying with the recipients. Mpaata says that this lack of accountability for the drugs received and dispensed at the facility raises a red flag on the possibility of theft.

Mpaata further says that, Kiiza was falsifying drug stock-outs before his supervisors, as a means of easily selling drugs without their notice. Kiiza has since apologized and consented to have committed the crime.

On this, Mpaata however, says that there are ongoing audits to ascertain the extent of loss accrued from Kiiza’s behavior.  He adds that the matter has been handed over to police authorities for further investigations and preferable prosecutions.

Meanwhile, the Busoga North police spokesperson, Michael Kasadha says that, they have opened a general inquiry file to quicken prosecution processes. Kasadha adds that, efforts of documenting evidence against the suspect are underway, with detectives intensifying search for his accomplices.

While in Bugiri, a security guard at Bugiri Hospital was arrested on Thursday to help police in investigating on the matter where government drugs were stolen from the hospital stores. The security guard was on duty when the drugs were delivered to the hospital by the National Medical Stores Officials. He is suspected to have opened the stores for those who stole the drugs.

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