Five people are in police custody in the Arua district in connection to the
disappearance of an ambulance belonging to Arua Regional Referral Hospital. The Toyota Land Cruiser UG 6812 M disappeared from the
hospital parking yard on the night of Saturday, March 27th, 2021.
However, the ambulance was reported missing on Monday after Arua Resident City Commissioner, Martin
Oroch requested for it to transport two enforcement officers attached to Uganda Revenue Authority-URA who
were attacked by the mob from Ayivu East to Arua hospital.
The brand-new Ambulance that cost more than 300million was given to Arua Regional Referral Hospital by the Ministry of Health last year for
High Way Emergency services and had barely lasted for five months. Three
Security Guards who were on duty on the night of Saturday and Sunday when the ambulance disappeared were the first to be arrested and charged with neglect of duty.
They were however released when police
failed to find proper clues about the
disappearance of the ambulance. Over the weekend,
police arrested five other suspects whose identities have been withheld. Jude
Nasucha, the Commandant Arua
Central Police Station who
commanded the arrest declined to reveal the
identities of the suspects arguing that it will jeopardize further
URN has since
established the identities of the suspects as Dr. Dennis Ocatre, the head of the Dental Health Department, and two other staff from his department only
identified as Alex and Philliam.
The other suspects are a security guard and the ambulance driver. According to Nasucha, police took time to investigate and track
the suspects before zeroing on the five who have since confessed to the crime.
//Cue in; We have tracked down…...
theft of the ambulance…. //
Francis Otim, an officer from the Police Professional Standards Unit also confirmed that the five have confessed
to planning the theft of the Ambulance.
in; Who planned for the ambulance…..
something disturbing us,’//
Some sources within security circles investigating the theft of the ambulance intimated
to URN that the suspects confessed,
saying that they
were told that the government
would change in May after the January general elections and they decided to
find a quick way of making money to survive while in Exile.
In February last year, an Autoclave machine and assorted tool
kits worth over Shillings 500
million also disappeared from Arua
hospital and were
recovered from Nebbi. Several
other types of equipment were also discovered
missing and re-supplied to the hospital, which led to the arrest of eight Senior Staff
at the hospital.
Similarly, in 2017, the
Assistant Procurement Officer and a Driver at the hospital were also
arrested and detained for some time in connection to the disappearance of another Autoclave machine
at the hospital. In
2008, two microscopes were discovered missing from the central laboratory in
addition to the regular disappearance of items like bicycles belonging to patients,
caregivers, and relatives at the hospital.