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Nwoya Football club sues Makerere over 'doctored' COVID-19 test results

Nwoya district-based Young Elephantss football club has sued Makerere University over alleged fake COVID-19 test results.

In their application through their lawyers of Brian Ronald Watmon and Geoffrey Borris Anyuru of Odongo and Company Advocates, Young FC says that they submitted 20 players to the Makerere College of Health Science’s laboratory for COVID-19 testing on October 29, 2020.

The club claims that the laboratory issued results indicated that 8 out of the 20 players had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the club was barred from participating in the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Big League playoffs at the Njeru Fufa Technical grounds in Buikwe district. 

The club decided to conduct confirmatory tests for the affected players at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on October 30, 2021, which returned negative results. The club followed up the results with another test at the mobile COVID-19 laboratory in Adjumani, which also returned negative. 

Now, in its civil suit 04/2021 before Gulu High court, Young wants the court to declare that Makerere University laboratory was negligent in conducting the COVID -19 tests and order them to pay damages caused to the football club.  

Jimmy Ojok, the chief executive officer of Young Elephants FC said they sued Makerere to compensate them over what he called doctored COVID-19 test results. He explains that his players were traumatized by the fake COVID-19 test results issued by Makerere's laboratory. 

He says they want the university to pay them Shs 30 million for the damages and the cost they incurred to prepare for the league. The Makerere University secretary, Yusuf Kiranda couldn’t be reached for comment. 

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