Prisons authorities will this afternoon meet to brief the National Taskforce on Covid-19 about the reported surge in prisons. Mr. Frank Baine, the Prisons spokesperson said the mother of all these problems is the high congestion at the facilities.
The development comes after rumors that former Public Service principal accountant Christopher Obey died in prison from Covid-19. He died on Friday. However, Mr. Baine said Obey, 52, died of complications related to pneumonia at Mulago Hospital.
‘’Christopher Obey was known to have suffered from high blood pressure and pneumonia, which had been managed by the prison’s medical personnel. On June 16, 2021, he was admitted to Murchison Bay Inmates Hospital from where he was referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital on July 1,’’ Mr. Baine said in a statement.
Obey had been serving a 10-year sentence for embezzling Shs88.2 billion of pension cash. Consequently, in 2016, a judge sentenced him to prison along with two other people, Jimmy Lwamafa, and Kiwanuka Kunsa.
The same court also sentenced Jimmy Lwamafa (former permanent secretary) to prison for seven years. Stephen Kunsa (former commissioner in charge of prisons) got a five-year sentence.
While presiding judge Lawrence Gidudu sentenced Obey, he accused him of being the centre man in the pension scam. They will bury Obey in Lyantonde District today.
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