Marie Stopes Nurses Out on Police Bond

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Three nurses attached to Marie Stopes in Masaka who were arrested in connection to the death of a teenager following a botched abortion are out on police bond.

Three nurses attached to Marie Stopes in Masaka who were arrested in connection to the death of a teenager following a botched abortion, are out on police bond. The trio, Angela Kobusingye, Kenneth Mwebaza and Geoffrey Ssentamu were picked up on Monday and detained at Masaka central police station. It is alleged that the suspects carried out an abortion on the teenager whose identity has been withheld because she is a minor, on Sunday. She died a few minutes later when she was rushed to Masaka Regional Referral hospital for admission.

Trouble for the suspects started, when her sister Agnes Tumwebaze reported the death of her sister to police. In her statement Tumwebaze claims that she took her sister to Marie Stopes for a medical examination when she complained of abdominal pain. She however says after examining her, the nurses advised them to settle for an abortion saying that the life of the teenager was in danger since had attempted to carry out an abortion in vain.

She explains that when they started executing the abortion, the victim experienced excessive bleeding resulting into her death. Police picked up the suspects for interrogation but has since released them on bond following the intervention of Marie Stopes’s top leadership led by Dr. Milton Awula, the Director Medical Development Team Marie Stopes.
Noah Sserunjogi, Southern Regional Police spokesman says that they released the suspects after recording their statements in connection to the abortion. He says that investigations into the matter are still ongoing, adding that police will summon the suspects whenever the need arises. Dr. Milton Awula, the Medical Director Marie Stopes Uganda insists his staff is innocent sayings they were trying to save the life of the deceased because she had had an incomplete abortion.
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Dr. Awula also denies accusations that Marie Stopes Uganda carries out illegal abortion saying that they are licensed to offer post abortion care.


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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.