TB Patient Jailed for Two Years over Putting Lives of Others at Risk

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For vending on the Kampala streets and yet he was a patient of the deadly infectious disease of Tuberculosis (TB), a grape vine fruits vendor has been imprisoned for two months by City Hall Court in Kampala to that effect.

For vending on the Kampala streets and yet he was a patient of the deadly infectious disease of Tuberculosis (TB), a grape vine fruits vendor has been imprisoned for two months by City Hall Court in Kampala to that effect.
 
Raymond Kisembo, a TB patient, today pleaded guilty before court presided over by Juliet Hatanga, a Grade One Magistrate.
 
Kisembo who was arrested by the KCCA law enforcement officers while selling the grape vine fruits, came to court having masked his face as ‘preventive’ measure to avoid the spread of the disease.
 
He admitted to court to have been in the business of selling the grape vine fruits for a long time and at the time, suffering from TB.
He was arrested on June 22 along Jinja Road in Kampala. 
 
Trial Grade One Magistrate sentenced Kisembo to two months at Luzira prison basing on the fact that he had an ill intention of passing on the deadly infectious disease to the innocent public as he carelessly went on selling his fruits.
 
 The Magistrate also cautioned the public to avoid buying eats from the street vendors, saying they lack health inspection licenses thereby putting their lives at a risk. 
 
KCCA Health Inspection Act demands that those involved in selling of consumables; are supposed to possess an update health certificate that spell out their health status.
 
Tuberculosis is a contagious lung disease that spreads through the air. It is spread through the air when people who have an active TB infection cough, sneeze, or otherwise transmit respiratory fluids through the air.