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Former Mulago ED, Byarugaba Baterana arrested in the Shs14 corruption case

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Dr Byarugaba Baterana, the former Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital has been arrested.

The officer of the Directorate of Public Prosecution yesterday sanctioned charges of abuse of office and causing financial loss of about Shs14 billion.

Byarugaba will be charged with nine other top Mulago officials and service providers who it is alleged connived and supplied none existent services in form of inflated prices of goods and services.

Byarugaba was interdicted in 2022 and straightaway handed over office to his deputy Rosemary Byanyima but a year later charges were droped.

However, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health,  Dr. Diana Atwine reinstated Byarugaba back to full salary as he awaited clearance to resume office. Nevertheless, he wasn’t reinstated back to his position.

Dr. Byarugaba was interdicted in 2022 and detained by officials from the State House Health Monitoring Unit, led by its Director Warren Namara on allegations of mismanagement of the national referral hospital and misappropriation of funds totaling to Shs28.8 billion for the past four financial years.

In a letter dated June 21, 2023, the Dr. Diana Atwine ordered the reinstatement of Dr. Byarugaba Baterana referring to the interdiction letter of March 2, 2022.

He is currently, the Deputy Vice Chancellor King Ceasor University. However, other sources told this website that Byarugaba’s woes started when him and a powerful lady at the Ministry of Health crossed each other hence leading to his troubles. He is set to appear before Anti-Corruption court tomorrow.

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