Two arrested over theft and impersonation at Mbarara hospital

By Trypheen Asiimire

Mbarara Central Police are holding two men who have been arrested from Mbarara Referral Hospital at different intervals.

Halson Kagure the Mbarara Referral Hospital Public Relations Officer has identified the suspects as  Nicholas Twinamatsiko a 24-year-old resident of Rwebihuro in Mbarara though he claims to be hailing from Mitooma and Ronald Tabule.

The first suspect, Nicholas Twinamatsiko is accused of masquerading as a health worker in the name of stealing patients’ and medics’ valuables.

Kagule says that upon Twinamatsiko’s arrest, he attempted to fight a female security officer prompting her to make the alarm that invited the intervention of caretakers and health workers to come to her rescue.

Kagure added that Twinamatsiko was uttering threatening statements calling himself the son of fallen Col.Shaban Bantariza.

Mbarara Central Police swung into action and handcuffed him up to police for safe custody.

Another suspect Ronald Tubule was arrested by the hospital security following a tip-off from residents that he was attempting to cross with the two hospital beds at Taso Village Katete bridge.

It’s said that he could have sneaked the hospital beds over the perimeter wall with the help of the yet-to-be-apprehended accomplices.

Though the two suspects were handed over to the police for further interrogations, PRO Halson Kagure has condemned those choosing to take the advantage of the vulnerable people in the hospital.

Kagure added that with security good coordination with security agencies, they are set to declare the Referral Hospital a no go zone for thieves.

The arrest of the two comes at a time when the hospital administration arrested two cleaners with an oxygen concentrator and later arraigned before the court.

It should also be remembered that Mbarara Referral Hospital in conjunction with police recently led a successful search that saw the recovery of the baby who was stolen from the mother.