Doctor Arrested over UGX 200,000 Bribe to Conduct Post-mortem

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Patients to Kabale hospital often complain that the staff ask for bribes before attending to them. The problem is said to be most prevalent at the out-patient section of the hospital.

Moses Aharizira, a doctor at Kabale regional referral hospital, has been arrested for soliciting a 200,000 shillings bribe to conduct a postmortem.
 
Moses Aharizira was arrested by a police officer from the Inspector General of Government Kabale office shortly after receiving the bribe at Bombocha Pub in Kabale municipality.
 
Aharizira is said to have asked the family of a murder victim to give him the money before he conducts a postmortem on the body of Annet Nyirabirori (30). 
 
Nyirabirori is believed to have been murdered by her husband Charles Bakanyamba (47) after he found her drunk in the early morning hours of 8th April 2013.
 
The two were residents of Bataka Cell in Kirigime Ward, southern division, Kabale.
 
Shortly after arresting the husband of the deceased, police ordered for a postmortem to be carried out by Kabale regional referral hospital.
 
Aharizira declined to carry it out saying that he had to first be paid shillings 200,000 shillings.
 
The family of the deceased tipped the office of the Inspector General of Government Kabale regional office who set up the sting operation. 
 
Kigezi regional Police spokesperson Elly Maate confirms the arrest and says that Aharizira spent a night at Kabale Police post and that the IGG’S office was handling the matter.
 
Micheal Ojok, the principal inspectorate officer at Kabale office, told Uganda Radio Network that Aharizira faces charges of solicitation and receiving gratification.
 
By the time of filing this story arrangements were underway to have Aharizira transferred to Kampala Central Police station from where he will be transferred to the Anti Corruption Court.
 
In October 2012 health workers at Kabale regional referral hospital were accused of soliciting bribes from patients who come for treatment and other services.
 
Patients who visit the hospital have always said that the practice is very common at the out-patient department and the mortuary.
 
At the mortuary, the relatives of the deceased are allegedly made to pay money ranging between 30,000 to 50,000 shillings to have the bodies of their relatives treated.
 
Some of the people who lose their relatives had resorted to escaping from the hospital with the bodies because they do not wish to be asked for money to treat the bodies.  

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.