A team of lawyers led by Jude Mbabaali and Moses Kasibante has taken Prof. Patrick Ogwang Engeu to court over Covidex drug, saying he is enriching himself at the expense of Ugandan taxpayers.
Jude Mbabaali, through his law firm, Jude Mbabaali and Co. Advocates, claim that the government of Uganda has borrowed UGX 283,312,000 from the World Bank to develop Covidex. He adds that it is the Ugandan taxpayer who will pay for this loan.
Jude Mbabaali also claims that the agreement between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Mbarara University of Science and technology, the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Traditional Medicine was to develop Covidex to cure COVID-19 and that the drug would be available to Uganda’s government hospitals for free or at minimal cost.
He adds that Professor Ogwang has continued to enrich himself with the said drug developed with taxpayer money.
Through his lawyers, Musa Matovu Kigongo, a resident of Masaka is demanding that Prof. Ogwang should provide Covidex to Ugandans free of charge as he has already received UGX 36 million from the government.
Musa says going to court is not to sabotage government programs, but to open Ugandans’ eyes to the truth of the agreement between the state and Prof Ogwang.
Kasibante Moses, who is also part of the team that has sued Prof Ogwang, says they have been given substantial evidence to pin him down.