Parliament's Health Committee Dismisses Police Bosses Again
The health committee of parliament has for the second day in a row dismissed a team from the Uganda police that had appeared to provide information on investigations into the sale of counterfeit drugs.
The committee has demanded to interface with the new IGP Okoth Ochola over the recent proliferation of expired and fake drugs on the market. The National Drug Authority has come under fire for failing in its mandate to protect the public and pointed fingers at the police for failing to take action on reported cases.
Yesterday the deputy director Criminal investigations Joseph Obwona was dismissed after MPs refused to deal with a junior officer and insisted on meeting the IGP Today the AIGP in charge of planing and research Edward Ochom led a team before the committee along with the head of Criminal Investigations Grace Akullo and other officers.
However the MPs were shocked to note that the police did not have extensive information on the reported cases of fake drugs including the fake hepatitis B vaccine scandal that has rocked the nation. The MPs demanded new information on the investigations and action taken against the perpetrators of the counterfeiting of drugs but the police's investigating officer Tinka Byarugaba was uninformed.
He appeared to be instead reading off a report that the committee had previously compiled.
The MPs on the committee like Butemba county MP Kamusiime Pentagon expressed their frustration at the police team forcing the committee chairperson Michael Bukenya to adjourn the meeting to Tuesday next week with the hope that the police will be better prepared.