Court acquits Dr. Kaggwa of corruption

By Sania Babirye
The anti corruption court has this afternoon acquitted  Dr David Kaggwa, of  charges of Corruption and Abuse of Office.
 Dr Kaggwa a Consultant on Ebola disease attached to  Kabarole Regional Referral Hospital was freed on grounds that prosecution failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove the charges.
 In 2013,  Dr. Kaggwa was accused of  receiving 580,000shs using government facilities to treat private patients while he was still working  in Kagadi Hospital in Kibaale district.
 Prosecution  alleged that between January and June 2013, Dr Kaggwa while at Kagadi Hospital in Kibaale District, used the hospital facilities to carry out surgeries on his private patients for personal gain to the disadvantage of his employer, which amounted to Abuse of Office.
Anticorruption court Grade One Magistrate Lochomin Peter Fred noted that from the evidence on record, the circumstances under which he was carrying out the alleged services was voluntary, as Kagadi at the time did not have Doctors, and he would come in on emergencies.
He has now set free  Dr. Kaggwa and ordered court to refund his  2 million shillings he had deposited for bail on top of returning any Dr. Kaggwa’s Clinic items that were confiscated and used as exhibits in this case.
 He was arrested in 2015 a year after being part of a medical team that went to Liberia to offer expatriate services in July/2014 following the most deadly Ebola outbreak.