The Police have finally arrested the Rwampara district nursing officer who allegedly tried to evade arrest by locking herself in her house on Friday, June 9.
Faida Adrama, a nursing officer in charge of the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) and a resident of Kakiika village in Mbarara North Division, Mbarara City, locked herself indoors when the Rwampara Police camped at her residence to have her arrested.
Stephen Kamar, the Rwampara district Police commander who executed the arrest, said Adrama had been on the run since March 2023, trying to evade arrest on charges of misappropriation of government funds in the office of the Rwampara district health officer.
It is alleged that Adrama and Allan Twesigomwe (former acting district health officer) misappropriated undisclosed funds for health care meant for village health teams (VHTs) and LC1 chairpersons for the activities they carried out during COVID-19 mobilisation, as well as facilitation during Polio 1, Polio 2, and Measles-Rubella immunisation activities.
They are also accused of forgery and the creation of ghost parishes in Rwampara from the original 29 to 40, to steal government funds for the last three years.
Twesigomwe was arrested in March 2023, but Adrama had been on the run.
Kamar said the Police on Friday evening received a tip that Adrama had been sighted at her place of residence in Kakiika-Kyamugorani in Mbarara North Division.
Two Police officers were dispatched and confirmed her presence at around 8:00pm, but when they tried to convince her to follow them to the Police station and make a statement, she refused and locked herself inside her house.
“We begged her to come out of the house so that we take her to Police to make a statement and other alternatives to be considered in her favour, but this is the woman who became adamant and very stubborn and locked herself indoors,” Kamar said.
“I engaged the LC1 chairperson of Kakiika who later on called the owner of the house, Dr Nathan Karema, who came and tried to convince her to, but she refused,” he added.
After several attempts to convince her to come out, the Police tried to use a chemical irritant to flush her out, but she held firm. It wasn’t until the Police used cutters on her burglar-proofed door, that she was arrested at about 2:30pm
Kamar said the Police guarded the house the whole night, and on Saturday morning, engaged Adrama again to open the door, but she refused.
After several attempts to convince her to come out, the Police tried to use a chemical irritant to flush her out, but she held firm. It wasn’t until the Police used cutters on her burglar-proofed door, that she was arrested at about 2:30pm.
Kamar further explained that they cut the door to save Adrama’s life after they suspected she could attempt to harm herself as they were not sure what she was doing inside the house, though landlord Karema was against cutting the door without knowing who would foot the repair bill.
“We suspected that this lady could commit another offence inside the house. We engaged the owner of the house to allow us to break the door open to gain access to the room and when the welder cut the main door, she came out,” he said.
“We thank God that she came out safe and is at Police. We are going to interrogate her on why she resisted the arrest and also answer the charges brought against her,” Kamar added.
Adrama was whisked to a waiting Police pick-up truck to Mbarara Police Station and later to Rwampara Police Station.