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Lawyer petitions minister to discharge cartoonist Spire from quarantine

Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng addressing the media

Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng addressing the media

City lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde has petitioned the minister of Health to discharge renowned The Observer cartoonist and columnist Dr Jimspire Ssentongo from institutional quarantine. Ssentongo has under quarantine since March 19 when he arrived into the country from the United Kingdom.

He was initially supposed to be quarantined for 14 days in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on the incubation period for the coronavirus disease which has so far infected more than one million people across the globe.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, persons who contract coronavirus will most likely develop symptoms between five and 14 days after their exposure to the new virus.  

But Ssentongo has so far spent 21-days in quarantine despite testing negative on two different occasions. According to the ministry of Health, his quarantine was extended after members of the same group that was quarantined at Arch apartments in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb tested positive for COVID-19.  

Now Ssemakadde wants the Health minister Dr Ruth Aceng to discharge Ssentongo and others because they have already completed the mandatory 14-days. He accuses the minister of abusing her powers under the law to delay the issuance of discharge certificates to persons in quarantine.  

"Our clients have already been in institutional quarantine for the mandatory fourteen (14) days. However, we understand that you and your officers have abused and/or misused your powers under the law to delay the issuing of discharge certificates to our clients whilst making a series of unjustified claims in the media to the detriment of our clients' health, liberty and dignity," he says in the petition. 

Ssemakadde says the minister is using a series of unjustified claims to justify her decision, to the detriment of his client’s health, liberty and dignity. 

According to the lawyer, the extended quarantine tantamount to unlawful detention, torture and inhumane treatment contrary to the provisions of the Constitution and Public Health Control of COVID- 19 Rules.  

The lawyer now wants the Health Minister to urgently engage with relevant officials from her ministry to design a more rational and reasonable arrangement that will lead to the discharge of their clients from Institutional quarantine promptly and equitably without endangering the public.   

The spokesperson of ministry of Health Emmanuel Ainebyoona advises that officials are working on the discharge process.


+1 #1 Wooden K. 2020-04-08 18:46
QUESTIONS to ponder1
1) : who owns Arch Apartments in Ntinda ?
2)How much does it cost for every pesson that is under quarantine there ?

3)Who is paying ?

4) The Ministry Of Health has asked for 401 billion UGS to cover the Corona costs. Does this budget include paying the bills for those who are admitted in hospitals or under forced quarantine ?
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0 #2 Amooti Mugi 2020-04-08 18:54
Then discharge all the quarantined individuals and Ugandans will perish spectacularly together as fools!!!

Kenyans are begging their country to quarantine them, Ugandans are begging to be allowed to mix with suspects!!!
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0 #3 Kalibbala 2020-04-08 22:01
@Wooden K..1-Apartment Owner was absorbed and they now belong to Rufu(Salim Saleh).

2-100 Us dollars..with Bad Beds and Food!!
3.-Doc.Spire is supposed to Pay..

4.401Billion!!MY Foot!! Was a Handshake..that is going to Land in State House Treasury..2021 on the Corner..that is How Syndicates Work..wazannya ku Matatu??..Uganda Today is a Gangsters Paradise..Even Corona Sells..
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-2 #4 Wainanchi 2020-04-09 00:05
Keep dr Death inside.Do not let Dr Spiro out.Pleasee!!
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0 #5 Juwait kali 2020-04-09 01:07
This is very fishie!!!!!!!!!!!
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0 #6 Apollo 2020-04-09 10:03
Any directive issued by Gen. Museveni without a Statutory instrument given by Parliament, as long as it violates the constitution of Uganda, it cannot be legally defensible.
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-1 #7 Amooti Mugi 2020-04-09 10:52
What the lawyers would be pressing for at this time, should be to have the ministry of Disaster Preparedness, I hope it is still functional, to foot the bill for accomodation and meals for Ugandans in quarantined on arrival from abroad!!!

They are not many comparing with the deaths they are going to cause once released into the population!!!

Ugandans will- rich, poor, middle class,elite, old, young,-perish together as fools if they become obstinate and refuse to adhere to the safety guidelines given by the president...

In the biblical time of Moses, an Israelite who for example defecated in a place and did not cover over his poo with soil, or did not dig a hole in the ground for the purpose and cover it after easing tlhis bowels, would be stoned to death!!!!
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0 #8 Wooden K. 2020-04-10 13:38
kalibbala , yeeee Ssebo , nazannya ku matatu It taoght me to always pay attention and be alert.

Before H.E. Super Glue hit the Waves with his National adresses , I has been here screaming and asking why he was soooo quiet.

Since then , I have been asking questions hoping that at least one investigative journalist would respond and find out what is going on.

I smell a rat . Some of the usual suspects are exploing the Corona crisis. The own of the appartments that Spire is forcefully quarantined could easily be one of the policy-makers . He/ she charges Spire and, at the same time , send invoices to Ministry Of Health.

As if that was not smelly enough , we now hear Nakalema arresting the small fish . Rugunda , who is fully in charge of the kawunga distribution is saying he has nothing to do with anything.

Maybe he is now the whislte-blower ?++!!
Question ; who own Amponye , the Company that is tendered to suppy these things ?
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