Lawyer George William Alenyo has sued Professor Patrick Ogwang, the inventor of Covid-19 treatment supplementary drug known as Covidex. He is seeking orders that Prof Ogwang is not the lawful proprietor of Covidex and therefore remit monies collected to the consolidated fund.
Alenyo is joined in the suit by Christian Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Tourism which seeks to fight criminality, corruption and to promote access to companies data worldwide so as to enable people to know who they are working with or working for.
They have sued Prof Ogwang alongside twelve statutory bodies before the High Court Civil Division in Kampala, for alleged failure to perform their statutory duties such as failure to do due diligence to establish the true ownership of Covidex drug, failure to collect tax and remit it to government coffers, failure to obtain environmental impact assessment of the impact of the ongoing extraction or exploitation of millions of the tree species expected to be used to make millions of vials of Covidex among others.
Those being sued together with Professor Ogwang are: National Drug Authority-NDA, Uganda National Bureau of Standards, National Environment Management Authority, National Forestry Authority, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda Registration and Services Bureau, Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda, Jena Herbals Uganda Limited, Uganda Revenue Authority, Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute, Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Attorney General.
The petitioners fault the Attorney General for representative action for the acts and omissions of government officials, public officials and civil servants in various offices for failing to ensure that Covidex funds and revenue are placed in the consolidated fund.