RDC Accuses Lira Police Of Protecting Abuse-of-office Suspects

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The vaccines were meant to benefit more than 600 children under routine immunization at the unit. Among the vaccines that went bad were DPT HIP, HEP HIP B, BCG, and Oral polio vaccine.

The Lira Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Susan Akany has accused the police authorities of deliberately sabotaging criminal cases brought to their attention.
 
Akany made the accusation following information that  Lira Central station had failed to charge two Lira municipality health workers accused of negligence of duty that led to vital vaccines at a health centre expiring.
 
The two Lira Municipal Health Centre II officials,  in charge Munu Nelson and senior nursing officer Christine Okello, were accused of failing to ensure the vital drugs did not go bad. Akany claims that there was overwhelming evidence to pin the duo for neglecting their duties due to a power struggle.
 
The vaccines were meant to benefit more than 600 children under routine immunization at the unit. Among the vaccines that went bad were DPT HIP, HEP HIP B, BCG, and Oral polio vaccine.
 
The expiry of the drugs was first brought to the attention of Akany by a concerned member of the public. Akany in turn notified the police for action.
 
Akany said she was shocked when she was informed that the police had opted to open a general enquiry file into the case instead of charging the duo. 
 
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She accused the police of frustrating efforts to fight corruption and abuse of office by public officials.
 
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But Patrick Mawerere, the acting District Police Commander, defended the police reaction. He said that the duo were arrested and released because certain crucial facts pertaining to the case were yet to be brought forward.
 
Mawerere explained that the duo could not be charged in court without firmer evidence. He also explained that opening general enquiry file did not mean police would not pursue the case further.