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Never trust anyone! Pharmacist captured in NBS story takes own life after leaving note for his mother

NBS Television’s Solomon Sserwanja who conducted the famous ‘Stealing from the sick’ that exposed the rot in the medical world. (PHOTO/File)

JINJA – A pharmacist, who was captured on camera in the NBS investigative story, which unearthed the illicit sale of government drugs left a note for his mother before committing suicide.

Richard Olaja, 27, who was working at Kiruddu hospital, took his life on  Saturday morning.

Olaja is said to have left a note, telling his mother to alert his brother, one Precious, not to trust friends, claiming that he was set up in the NBS-cum BBC ‘Stealing from the Sick’ story.

“I thank you for bringing me to this world. I think I have had enough of it it’s now my time to leave.Mummy tell my little brother Precious never to get any friend because all the suffering am going through is because of someone I took as a friend who set up journalists to come to me and claim they wanted to buy drugs,” the suicide note reads in part.

Mummy this I will swear to you with tears in my eyes that I have never sold any medicines or drugs to anyone at any point in my profession. mummy I tried hard to avoid them but they insisted. Mummy 120 caused all this to me,” he adds.

The Kira region Police spokesperson Diana Nandawula confirmed the death, saying they had picked him from Lucky Guest House and took him to Jinja hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

She revealed that the management of Lucky Guest house contacted police that one their clients who checked in the previous day was unconscious before rushing him to Jinja hospital where he was pronounced dead.

She said the body had been taken for postmortem analysis to determine the exact cause of the pharmacist’s death.

Olaja was one of the medics captured on camera in the NBS investigative story titled “Stealing from the sick” which unearthed the illicit sale of government drugs.

Police say the deceased left several suicide notes that he addressed to family and friends before he allegedly dosed himself with the killer substance that took his life.

In one of the notes addressed to his mother, Olaja denied he had been involved in the illicit sale of government drugs. He claimed that he had been set up by a friend who he warned to stay away from his funeral.

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