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The Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda has petitioned Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to look into the operations of Quality Chemicals Limited. The organisation argues that Quality Chemicals is in breach of agreement with government of Uganda that has seen it hike prices of Anti-retroviral drugs and anti-malaria drugs.

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The Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda has petitioned Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to look into the operations of Quality Chemicals Limited. The organisation argues that Quality Chemicals is in breach of agreement with government of Uganda that has seen it hike prices of Anti-retroviral drugs and anti-malaria drugs.

 

Quality Chemicals signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government for the company to construct a factory that would produce cheap ARVs and anti-malarial drugs. However seven years after the construction of the company, a 15 percent mark-up would be applied on the drugs that are manufactured locally.

 

The director of ACCU Cissy Kagaba says the agreements in the MOU were breached by the company. Quality Chemicals has continued to sell the drugs to National Medical Stores at an inflated price and that the 15 percent mark-up was put on the imported drugs.

She said that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) conducted an investigation into the matter in 2009 and found out that 17 million dollars was lost as a result of the inflated prices of drugs.

 

She added that in spite of the IGG’s investigation and the Auditor General’s report that was sent to parliament in 2010, nothing has been done about this anomaly and appealed to Kadaga to direct parliament to investigate the matter further.

 

She urged the speaker to follow up the matter to ensure that the lost funds are refunded by the compny as the IGG’s report recommended.

 

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Kadaga said that she did not know whether the matter had already been discussed by the eighth parliament and promised to check with the committees of legal and parliamentary affairs and the committee of human rights to know which one is handling the matter.

 

She said that if it was discussed during the eighth parliament she will ask government to report on what they did about the recommendations.

 

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