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Court Orders Aguma’s Release

By Betty Ndagire & Juliet Kigongo

Kampala — The High Court has ordered the release of former commandant of Police Professional Standards Unit, Joel Aguma from Makindye Military Barracks and payment of Shs200m to him in damages.

“It is hereby ordered that the applicant should be released from Makindye Police Barracks as the GCM [General Court Martial] acted illegally when it exceeded its jurisdiction… Court is also inclined to grant the applicant damages of up to Shs200m,” Justice Margaret Oguli Oumo ordered.

The order followed an application filed by Mr Aguma’s lawyers Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng before the High Court stating that their client is not subject to military law as he is a serving senior commissioner of police who cannot be said to be in unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.

No case

To that effect, Justice Oumo ruled: “The applicant was not supposed to be subject to the military laws and charged in possession of military equipment. The applicant is a police officer authorised to carry arms in performance of his duties ….”

“Besides, if he was in illegal possession [of firearms], there is a Police Council under Section 10 of the Police Act which exercises the disciplinary control over police officers,” the judge added.

Aguma was last year charged with kidnapping and repatriating two Rwandans.


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Nigeria:3 in 10 Nigerian Adults Have Kidney Disease, Says Nephrologists

Photo: Daily Trust
By Romoke W. Ahmad

Ilorin — At least three in 10 Nigerians aged over 18 could be suffering one or another kidney related condition, according to the Nigerian Association of Nephrology.

The figure excludes children under 18, said the President of the association, Babatunde Salako, at a press conference and opening ceremony of the 30th annual scientific conference and general meeting of the association in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

He noted with displeasure the inadequate of Nephrologists in Nigeria to cater for those with kidney diseases adding that the country need to change with the dynamism of the professional in the world.

“Our main challenge remains inadequate nephrologists for our people. One of the most important components of developing nephrology services in many areas of the country is the training of nephrologists who will prioritise renal disease and seek out patients who need care, but the ratio of nephrologists per population in Nigeria is still one of the lowest in the world, making comprehensive delivery of renal care extremely challenging.

“Presently, we have 400 nephrologists in Nigeria and ordinarily we should have 1000 nephrologists per one million population and most of the ones we have are at urban centres making rural areas suffer, whereas, the management of CKD and other kidney diseases require functional health system, health workers and resources in all parts of Nigeria,” Salako said.

He however lamented that their efforts at tackling the challenges are being frustrated by continuing brain drain of health workers from Nigeria to other regions of the world while lack of financial resources remains a major constrain on provision of renal care in many parts of Nigeria and Africa.


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