Mulago director Dr Byarugaba Baterana was Arrested (1)
Dr Byarugaba Baterana, the executive director of Mulago National Referral Hospital. FILE PHOTO

The State House Health Monitoring Unit arrested Mulago National Referral Hospital Executive Director Dr Byarugaba Baterana on Tuesday.

Dr Byarugaba Baterana, head of Mulago National Referral Hospital, was arrested on Tuesday by members of the State House Health Monitoring Unit.

In reference to an article published Tuesday, 28, by the Nile Post, Byarugaba was arrested to help in investigations surrounding allegations related to the mismanagement of the hospital.

“According to the Unit head, Dr. Warren Naamara, the arrest was conducted to help in the follow-up on investigations around the miss/management of the hospital,” a statement from the article read.

It also quoted Dr Naamara’s statement. “Yes, we invited him to explain to us a few things.”

Last month, a total of four people were arrested in connection with ongoing investigations into fraudulent deals at Mulago Hospital amounting to Shillings 20.5 billion.

This followed an audit report from the State House Health Monitoring Unit citing that the hospital was involved in the irregular recruitment of two firms that used faked documents to enable them to win a tender to provide services at the hospital.

According to Namara, the hospital has been under their radar for the last couple of months following various concerns on its management and the quality of services rendered to the population.

Due to improper accounting and embezzlement, the State House Monitoring team has since invited the ED together with other management staff of the hospital to respond to the same.

It is after this failure to honour the invitation that the ED was detained to have him respond to the said investigations. 

“We are querying mismanagement of resources, medicines and equipment at the hospital. As the head of the hospital, he is responsible and we invited him to help us with the ongoing investigations mid last month,” Namara said.

Who is Dr Baterana Byarugaba?

Dr Baterana Byarugaba born in 1961 is a Ugandan business executive, banker and entrepreneur. He is the current Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital

He took up the office following his appointment by President Kaguta Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Byarugaba’s appointment followed investigations into corruption allegations and mismanagement by the Health Monitoring Unit that saw the transfer of the then Executive Director Dr Edward Ddumba. 

Dr Byarugaba came in with promises of improving services at Mulago National Referral Hospital and fighting corruption that had bedevilled the institution.