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.
COVID 19 Virus
Four people including three Makerere University employees are
on remand in Kitalya and Kigo prisons in Wakiso district for forging COVID-19
They are Emmanuel Kawalya, a Sample Collector at Makerere
University Hospital, Gideon Nsubuga, a Laboratory Technologist/Molecular
Biologist at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Dafala Kezimbira,
an Information Technologist at Makerere University College of Health Sciences
and Justine Nasonko, a businesswoman from Nasser road in Kampala.
The four 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 COVID19 certificates were allegedly
issued to Al Noumani Muhammed Said Khaila, James Bernard Walusimbi, Irene
Namubiru and Milliam Zawadi despite testing positive for COVID19. The accused
persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded to Kitalya and Kigo
prisons until November 3, 2020, as investigations continue.
Last week, 24 people were intercepted at Entebbe
International Airport by Aviation Police after being found with forged negative
COVID-19 certificates. In September, the government decided to reopen Entebbe International
Airport after spending six months under lockdown. However, travellers are
required to present negative COVID19 test results issued about 72 hours before the
date of travel.