Makerere University staff remanded over forged COVID-19 results

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Four people including three Makerere University employees have been remanded to Kitalya and Kigo prisons in Wakiso district for forging 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 and Justine Nasonko, a businesswoman from Nasser road in Kampala 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.

Court heard that between the month of September and October 2020 while in Kampala district, 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 prosecution also alleges that during the month of October, the accused with intentions of defrauding or deceiving, made false COVID-19 test result certificates for four people purporting that they had been genuinely issued by the ministry of Health/Makerere University college of health sciences whereas not.

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. The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded to Kitalya and Kigo prisons until November 3 as investigations continue.

Last week, 24 people were intercepted at Entebbe airport by Aviation Police after being found with forged negative COVID-19 certificates.

In September, the government decided to reopen Entebbe airport after a six-month closure and all travellers are required to present negative COVID-19 test results issued about 72 hours before the date of travel.

(URN)

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