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Uganda: More Suspects Charged in ‘MMS’ HIV Bleach Cure Saga

The Territorial Police in Rwenzori West Region have charged more suspects to court, linked to Global Healing Christian Missions, a purported Charity Organisation, that was actively involved in supplying born again Christians, in Kyenjojo and Kabarole Districts, with a Miracle Cure, claiming it healed Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and many other diseases.

The Charity was partly funded by British national Sam Little, who was recently arrested in Uganda after being accused of spreading a type of toxic bleach as a bogus cure for illnesses.

Little was in Uganda to promote so-called Miracle Mineral Solution, which proponents claim can cure almost any medical condition.

According to the US Food and Drugs Authority, MMS is really the toxic bleach chlorine dioxide, which causes nausea, seizures and severe dehydration if ingested in large doses.

Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday said the task team actively involved in investigating the alleged miracle cure, “retrieved samples which were submitted to the NDA and Government Analytical Laboratories” with the results revealing that the solution, “contained a dangerous corrosive toxin that was harmful to human consumption.”

Enanga said so far four suspects have been charged in courts of law.

“These include Sam Little, a 25 year old British tourist, Pastor Tim Tom, a 34 year old, Pastor at Fort Portal Christian Fellowship Church; Samuel Albert, a 28 year old, herbalist and Samula Tadeo, a 26 year old male adult,” said Enanga.

They were charged with two counts, under the National Drug Authority and Authority Act, for carrying out illegal clinical trials c/s 40 of the Act and supplying of impure drugs c/s 30 (b) of the Act.

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Enanga said the accused were in addition, charged with two counts under the Narcotic drug and Psychotropic Substance Act, 2016 for being in unlawful possession of a narcotic drug and Psychotropic Substance and for smoking a narcotic drug respectively. The Police is tracing for other suspects, who are on the run but with knowledge about the network.

Reports that the British national was exploiting poor people in rural areas sparked nationwide outrage.

“We want to remind the public that any mixture or drug without a prescription should be considered dangerous and must be avoided,” said Enanga.

“We encourage those who still have the mixture to hand it over to the nearest police station and visit a registered medical facility for review.”

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