Acleo Byamukama was arrested on Tuesday morning in a joint security operation involving detectives from the Statehouse Anti-Corruption Unit and Kawempe Police Station.
Police in Kampala are holding a man accused of masquerading
as a medical doctor from Mulago National Referral Hospital to extort money from
patients at Kawempe Referral hospital.
Acleo Byamukama was arrested on Tuesday morning
in a joint security operation involving detectives from the Statehouse Anti-Corruption
Unit and Kawempe Police Station. He was tracked down using his phone contacts
following complaints from unsuspecting victims of his extortion scam.
During his arrest at Kawempe Referral hospital,
detectives recovered medical forms indicating that Byamukama had been meeting
patients in wards and prescribing treatment for them. The suspect was also found in possession of several
business cards where he referred to himself as Dr Acleo Byamukama.
guard at Kawempe hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that Byamukama is
among the many impostors at Kawempe hospital who target patients especially those
from upcountry areas to extort money from them.
“We were shocked because he introduced himself
to us as a doctor at the security checkpoint. But we later established that his
document were fake including the identity card,” said the security guard.
A police officer at Kawempe Police station said
they are still tracing for Byamukama’s allies at Kawempe Referral hospital who
are still at large. Sources at Kawempe Police Station indicate that
Byamukama is locked up at the Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID headquarters
in Kibuli, Kampala as investigations continue.
The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke
Owoyesigyire confirmed Byamukama’s arrest but said he was yet to get details
about his case.
Recently, Police also picked up Ashraf Agaba
who was also posing as a doctor at Kawempe National Referral Hospital. Agaba
was nabbed by one of the staff in the children's ward who found him examining
children in an unprofessional manner.