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Masaka Hospital Officials out on Bond

Maxwell Ogwal, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander, says the suspects were released on the orders the State House Health Monitoring unit. He declined to comment further, saying he doesnt have much to say.
Security officers led by Brigade Commander Brig. Joseph Ssemwanga at the stalled Maternity and Children ward whose construction has since stalled after embezzlement of UGX 5 billion shillings

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Four top officials of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital who were picked up last week for alleged theft of money for the construction of the maternity and children's ward are out on police bond. The suspects were reportedly released on Saturday under unclear circumstances as police had earlier indicated that they will appear in court.

They are Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, the Director Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, Ereazer Mugisha, Principal Hospital Administrator, Dismas Wandera, Procurement Officer, Basil Kamara Woyesigire, Accountant, and Milton Ondama, the Project Manager, M/S Tirupati Development Uganda limited.

The five were picked up on Wednesday night by operatives from the State House Monitoring Unit and police officers from Kampala for alleged corruption. They were accused of embezzling Shillings 5 billion meant for the construction of the maternity and children's ward.

Maxwell Ogwal, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander, says the suspects were released on the orders of the State House Health Monitoring unit. He declined to comment further, saying he doesn't have much to say.

Collins Karugaba, the Head of Investigations in the State House Health Monitoring Unit, says the suspects were released on police bond because of pending investigations, adding that they couldn't present the suspects in court because their file is not ready.

Karugaba says they are gathering more evidence, which they will present to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice. He allayed fears from the public that the suspect, will go scot-free. Swaibu Sulambaaya, the chairman Masaka Patients Association has criticized the release of the suspects, saying they may interfere with the case since they are wealthy.

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None of the implicated workers is willing to speak about the matter. Ereazer Mugisha, the embattled Masaka Hospital Administrator, said he isn't ready to talk to the media about the matter.