The Observer (Kampala)

19 December 2012

Uganda: Family Rejects President's Nebanda Burial Plea

The family of the late Butaleja Woman Mp Cerinah Nebanda says it will not accept the findings of a post mortem report conducted in London. ( Resource: Family Of Late Lawmaker Reject Toxicology Report

Family distances itself from Ronald Wandera Hashaka who flew to London with government and police surgeon

The family of fallen legislator Cerinah Nebanda has declined Museveni's plea to have the MP buried tomorrow as earlier scheduled.

The Observer understands that the president phoned the mother of Nebanda today morning and requested to have her daughter's body buried. But, the family refused the plea.

Yesterday parliament resolved that the burial of the Butaleja MP be postponed until the cause of her death has been conclusively established.

In another twist, the family also says they have not sanctioned the police pathologist and a family member, Ronald Wander Haashaka,to take body samples to London for further autopsy.

The family says that government privately worked with Wandera, and never informed them about their escapades and motive to travel with him to London.

This comes at a time when police yesterday arrested the family and parliament-hired independent pathologist Dr Sylvester Onzivua for 'irregularly' obtaining body samples of Nebanda and trying to 'smuggle' them out of the country.

The police earlier today preferred charges of 'abuse of office' against Dr Onzivua. But the ministry of Health in a press statement says Dr Onzivua was 'officially' released to take the body samples to South Africa and thus in no way did he abuse his office.

Meanwhile it has also been revealed by the family that Ndorwa West MP David Bahati is the one who connected Nebanda to her now runaway boyfriend Adam Suleiman Karungi.

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