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Uganda:Police doctor arrested over theft of government drugs
Published on 17-09-2016 - at 04:35' by Daily Monitor

A police doctor, who was implicated in the theft of government drugs worth millions of shillings in Gulu District three years ago, has been arrested and handed over to the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala.

Dr Abdallah Walimbwa, a former officer in-charge of Gulu Police Barracks Health Centre III, was arrested at police training school, Kabalye in Masindi District where he has been heading a medical team.

The arrest followed pressures mounted on him from the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity and Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Dr Walimbwa was reportedly implicated in 2013 after security operatives intercepted him with 12 boxes of assorted government drugs in Gulu, majority being anti-malarial drugs meant to serve the government health facility.

He was allegedly intending to transport the assorted drugs to Mbale District.

The anti-corruption coordinator in Acholi Sub-region, Mr Christopher Opiyo Ateker, told Saturday Monitor in an interview on Tuesday that the arrest of the suspect was long overdue.

According to Mr Ateker, Dr Walimbwa was interrogated by police Professional Standards Unit in Gulu District after his arrest but his case file disappeared without a trace days later under and unclear circumstances.

Mr Ateker alleges that when pressure was piled to have the suspect’s file forwarded to the Resident State Attorney, police instead reacted by transferring him to Butiaba police training wing in Bulisa District.

“It was a long follow-up in various government offices where we lodged complaints to let police produce the suspect. Finally last week, the Directorate of Public Prosecution ordered Gulu Resident State Attorney to trace for the suspect’s file,” said Mr Ateker.

Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema said the suspect was brought to Gulu District where his case file was sanctioned before being taken to Kampala and charged at the Anti-Corruption Court.

Mr Okema said the suspect is facing charges of embezzlement of government property and abuse of office contrary.

Meanwhile, police in Gulu are investigating two health workers over alleged theft of Hepatitis B vaccines and drugs.

One of the suspects is the officer in charge of Gulu University Health Center II, who is accused of theft of Hepatitis B vaccines that were supplied to the health facility in mid July.

The other is the proprietor of Lubii Medical Centre in Gulu Town, who was found in possession of 15 boxes of government anti-malarial drugs at her clinic last week.

Recently, the State minister for Primary Health Care, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, in a July 8 letter directed health officials in Gulu District to stop the distribution of Hepatitis B vaccines and testing kit to private medical facilities pending investigations.

It was reported that 23,000 vaccines were released to private facilities to be administered to locals in Gulu free of charge, but locals were reportedly being charged before vaccination.

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Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema said the suspect was brought to Gulu District where his case file was sanctioned before being taken to Kampala and charged at the Anti-Corruption Court.

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