17 December 2012

Uganda: Cause of MP's Death Not Yet Ascertained

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Legislator Cerinah Nebanda

Inspector General of Police, Lt. General Kale Kayihura has said so far there is no conclusive finding as to what caused the death of Member of Parliament, Cerinah Nebanda.

Kayihura, speaking to journalists yesterday said that it is too early to make conclusions.

"We have only just started with the investigations," said Kayihura adding that more samples have to be flown abroad for further analysis.

Kayihura spoke to the journalists when he and a team of Police detectives again visited the home of the deceased legislator's boyfriend, Adam Suleiman Kalungi.

Nebanda was reportedly taken by a group of people that included her boyfriend, to the Mukwaya General Clinic, Nsambya, where she was pronounced dead. The boyfriend and his associates however vanished leaving Nebanda's car, car-keys and telephone behind.

At an earlier press conference Kayihura said the police had launched a man hunt for Kalungi.

Kayihura on Sunday also appealed to Members of Parliament to be patient and allow the police do its work. Police, he said, had unearthed and was pursuing very useful leads.

He dismissed as premature reports that the MP could have died due to an over dose of alcohol and drugs, saying this hasn't been established yet.

Police said toxicology tests were still being carried out in an attempt to establish the cause of death. Police were also working to retrace the MP's movement on the ill-fated day (Friday), prior to her death and interrogating the people who she talked to that day.

A group of MPs led by parliamentary commissioner Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, addressed a press conference at Parliament.

Baryomunsi, said samples of Nebanda's body organs will be taken to South Africa for an independent analysis to ascertain what exactly could have killed her.

Upon Nebanda's death, government, Police, Parliament and Nebanda's family resolved to get special independent pathologists to carry out postmortem tests and find out what exactly could have killed the vocal legislator.

Commenting about the Preliminary findings, Baryomunsi said the tests were not conclusive.

"Her liver and other parts had no problem, apart from the pancreas and the lungs," Baryomunsi said.

Baryomunsi said other samples had also been sent to the national laboratory in Wandegeya for an analysis.

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