By KGR Reporter,
A joint operation between the Uganda police force and the National Drug Authority has led to the seizure of drugs valued at 300 million shillings in targeted enforcement against the illegal sale of government drugs and medical equipment in Kyenjojo and Ntoroko districts.
SP Vincent Twesige, the Rwenzori West police spokesperson told journalists at a media briefing yesterday 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 ASP, Kule Yusuf Katuramu, the in charge of Kyejonjo Police Health Centre II, Denis Blessing, the owner of Blessing Pharmacy in Kyenjojo, Tom Bwebale and Alex Mbusa, a porter at Bweramule Health Centre III from from Ntoroko district.
ASP Twesige speaking…….
Mr. Abiaz Rwamwiri, the Spokesperson of the National Drug Authority, 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 but 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.
Mr. Rwamwiri revealed that the seized drugs included antimalarials, HIV/antivirals, Hepatitis B testing kits, and other essential medications. Mr. Rwamwiri speaking…….
He partly blamed the scarcity of medical drugs in government facilities to the rampant thefts that the public should help to deal with. END