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Release of Hospital Staff Angers Arua District Leaders

Moses Odeke, a mechanic at the Arua Hospital Oxygen plant and his supervisor only identified as Peter was picked by police detectives and detained at Arua CPS for negligence following the death of 5 Covid-19 patients on Friday and Saturday.
Arua district leaders during a meeting today to determine fate of arrested hospital staff accused of negligence.

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Arua District leaders have expressed concern about the release of two hospital staff arrested for negligence of duty.

Moses Odeke, a mechanic at the Arua Hospital Oxygen plant and his supervisor Peter Orach was picked by police detectives and detained at Arua CPS for negligence following the death of 5 Covid-19 patients on Friday and Saturday.

Their arrest followed an impromptu inspection of the oxygen plant by a team of Arua district and City leaders after an outcry over deaths due to lack of Oxygen at the Intensive Care Unit and other departments of the hospital.

Odeke was picked up from his home where he was found drunk after refusing to answer several telephone calls made to him while Peter was called to report to police and then detained.

During a meeting to decide the fate of the two hospital staff on Monday, the Arua RDC Festus Ayikobua was shocked to learn that the two suspects were released on Sunday by the police.

In his report to the committee Benya Tiibi the Deputy CIID Officer Arua CPS said the police was forced to release the suspects after failing to record statements from the district leaders.

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Ayikobua, who chaired the meeting scoffed at the police for releasing the suspects on a Sunday well knowing that government officials do not work on weekends. 

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Geoffrey feta the MP Ayivu East in Arua City who was part of the team that recommended the arrest of the two hospital staff wondered why they were released without recording statements.

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Alfred Okuonzi, the LCV Chairman Arua District says that their efforts in the fight against Covid-19 have partly been jeopardized by the actions of the police.  

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After a heated meeting, the team resolved that the Senior Hospital Administrator Arua Yunus Oboth prepares a report to be submitted to the police before Friday to aid in the prosecution of the two, who they say are directly under his supervision.

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