Two Charged With Theft Of Hospital X-ray Machine

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According to prosecution, the X-ray machine disappeared between Atutur hospital and Soroti town while in transit and was recovered from Awoja Medical Centre, a private health facility.

Two people have been charged in a Soroti court for the theft of an X-ray machine from Soroti Regional Referral Hospital. William Tingu Makambe and Sam Moit Samaali were charged before Grade One Magistrate, Jane Tibagonzeka.
Prosecution alleges that the two in 2010 had a hand in the disappearance of the X-ray machine when it was being moved from Atutur Hospital to Soroti Hospital.  According to the charge sheet, the X-ray machine was discovered in September 2010 at Awoja Medical Centre that belongs to Moit.
Moit is still works with Soroti Hospital as a Senior Clinical Officer while Makambe now works with Moroto Hospital. Makambe was however the head of the Soroti Hospital Workshop at the time the X-ray disappeared.
The duo denied the charges and was granted cash bail of 250,000 shillings each, while their sureties were given a non-cash bond of one million shillings. The case will come up before Court on 7th October, 2015 for hearing.

Reports however indicate the two suspects were re-arrested hours after they got bail. It is reported that state house operatives from the department of drugs inspection and monitoring re-arrested and handed them to police.
Police spokesperson for East Kyoga Juma Hassan Nyene refused to comment on the arrest, saying it would alert others wanted over the same case. He also told URN that the matter was already in court and he could not comment on it