18 December 2012

Uganda: President Speaks Out On Lawmaker's Death

Entebbe — President Yoweri Museveni has warned politicians against speculating on the possible causes of the death of Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda.

Museve made the warning when he visited the parents of the deceased legislator at Kitubulu, in Entebbe town last evening.

Nebanda, died on Friday evening under unclear circumstances.

She was reportedly rushed by a group of people that included her boyfriend Adam Kalungi, to the Mukwaya General Clinic in Nsambya, where she was pronounced dead.

The boyfriend and his associates disappeared abandoning Nebanda's car, telephone and car keys at the clinic. The Police is investigating circumstances under which she died

Museveni held a closed-door meeting with Nebanda's parents and relatives before he spoke to the mourners and later the press. The meeting was also attended by Capt. Mike Mukula and Lydia Wanyoto, who are on the funeral organising committee.

The parents, Alice and Fred Mukasa, did not make any comments before the media.

However, Ronald Wandera, a brother of the deceased, said the family was anxious to know what killed Nebanda.

Museveni observed that reports attributing the death of the legislator to poison, drug abuse and excessive alcohol consumption were premature. He said the public should let the Police carry out investigations to ascertain what killed the MP.

Specifically addressing the media in the presence of the mourners and Nebanda's relatives, Museveni said the Police have already made a breakthrough and have established some basic facts about the possible causes of her death.

"We shall get the whole story. What has been in the papers is premature. They talk of drugs, poison, all that is premature. Give the Police a chance to do their work and the report will be out within a week," the President assured the mourners.

Museveni said that he was informed about the death of Nebanda by the Government Chief Whip, Kasule Lumumba, on Friday at 9:00 pm.

"I had seen her (Nebanda) in Parliament on Thursday while delivering my speech. She had complained of lack of drugs in health centres. I challenged her that we shall go to Butaleja together to prove to me that there were no drugs."

"I couldn't believe that she had died. I started telephoning people including Mr, Mukasa (father).Unfortunately, we discovered when it was too late. We could not do much," he said adding; "We concentrated on what happened. We have moved quite well. On Friday, we discovered where she had been, knew who was there and the ones who helped to take her to the clinic. The only person we are looking for is Adam (Kalungi) who was the friend of Nebanda."

"Nebanda is not easy to replace, but this was done by powers beyond us. If it was done by an enemy, we shall get them," Museveni said.

He warned that politicians who are maligning the Government by "planting seeds of hatred" and interfering with Police investigations will be arrested. Museveni expressed his condolence to the family and relatives.

The president also assured the public that the Government will eventually issue a report on Nebanda's death.

He promised that the investigations will be completed within a week.

Responding to a question by a journalist, Museveni revealed that the Government communicated details about death of late Brig. Noble Mayombo to his family.

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