The Health Monitoring Unit in State House, under the leadership of Dr. Ojera Jackson Abusu, has arrested the District Health Officer of Kibuku District, Mr. Buyinza Godfrey Kagawa, on allegations of facilitating a drug theft act from government stores.
Buyinza, together with Mr. Chemtai Patrick, as a supply chain management Officer at the Intra-Health in Kibuku District, were arrested from their offices at Kibuku District Headquarters in Eastern Region.
Their luck ran out following an incident in which the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Officers intercepted a YY Coaches bus that was ferrying Government of Uganda branded medicines enroute to Kampala at the Mukono checkpoint on 13th April 2019.
One suspect, Ongom Robson, was also apprehended when he was netted with 3,121 dozens of adult coartem 24, an anti-malaria drug.
Upon interrogation, Ongom revealed that he was working with Chemtai and also named Buyinza as an accomplice.
The two (Chemtai and Buyinza) were tracked and arrested on 27th April 2019. The accused are being held at Mbale Central Police Station pending further investigations and possible prosecution.
It is suspected that millions of shillings worth of supplies had been swindled in the scam by the time the Health Monitoring Unit of State House struck.
Drugs supplied by government through the National Medical Stores (NMS) are meant for distribution to local health units where the public can access them. The Health Monitoring Unit of State House, urges members of the public to be more vigilant and report such cases of abuse of government services by unscrupulous officials.