Two nabbed for allegedly stealing drugs from hospital, including ARV

Two workers of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital are in police custody for allegedly stealing government drugs.

Sam Mugisha, the lab technician, and Herbert Byomugisha, a pharmacist, are accused of stealing anti-malarial and antiretroviral drugs among other items from in the hospital.

Police say the duo was nabbed over the weekend in possession of the drugs worth Shs 2 million.

After his arrest, Mugisha immediately told police that he was taking the stolen drugs for sale in the Democratic Republic of Congo via Kasese Mpondwe border post.

Mbarara district police commander Nicklaus Ngonzi says as security people they highly suspect that the duo could have been stealing drugs and selling it to rebels of the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) reportedly regrouping in the Congo jungles.

But Mugisha, who was the first to be arrested by police, maintained his innocence before the media.

Recently, a team of legislators led by the leader of opposition in Parliament Nandala Mafabi toured Mbarara regional referral hospital and were surprised to learn that most essential drugs were not in stock at the hospital pharmacy and yet it had been disbursed by the National Medical Stores (NMS).