Three Makerere University staff in jail over COVID-19 results forgery

Three Makerere University employees have been remanded to Kitalya and Kigo prisons in Wakiso district after they were implicated in the forgery of COVID-19 test result certificates.

Emmanuel Kawalya, a samples collector at Makerere University hospital, Gideon Nsubuga, a laboratory technologist/molecular biologist at Makerere University college of health sciences, Dafala Kezimbira, an information technologist also at college of Health Sciences appeared before Buganda Road Court Grade One magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu last week on charges of doing an act that is likely to spread infectious disease and forgery.

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They were remanded alongside Justine Nasonko, a Kampala businesswoman.

According to reports, the accused persons unlawfully and negligently issued negative COVID-19 results to people who had tested positive well knowing that their actions are likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.

The said negative COVID-19 certificates were allegedly issued to Al Noumani Muhammed Said Khaila, James Bernard Walusimbi, Irene Namubiru and Milliam Zawadi despite testing positive for COVID-19.

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The accused persons will remain on remand until November 3rd 2020 as investigations continue.