21 December 2012

Uganda: MPs Withdraw From Nebanda Death Probe

The team of medical parliamentarians led by Kinkizi West MP Chris Baryomunsi has officially withdrawn from the investigations into the sudden death of Butaleja woman legislator Cerinah Nebanda.

A report presented by Workers MP Sam Lyomoki to the Parliament said that they had withdrawn from the investigations because there had been continuous attempts by the Police to frustrate their efforts to independently establish the truth.

Reading the report Lyomoki said that despite the fact the pathologist - Dr. Sylvester Onzivua- commissioned by Parliament to fly Nebanda's tissue samples to South Africa for tests went through the right procedures, and was transporting the samples in bio-hazard bags as per international standards, Police arrested him even after he had been cleared by the Health ministry.

Lyomoki said no law or procedure had been breached in attempting to carry out independent investigations. He attacked the Police saying they were insistent on harassing them other than pursuing suspects in resolving the death of Nebanda.

"Police has not been interested in the team appointed by parliament and the family of the late to carry out independent investigations," he said.

Before concluding the report, he said it was not admissible for the family of the late to continue going through the trauma of losing their loved one.

Concluding his report, he said the Police should stop harassing the MPs who were involved in the investigations and the pathologist, Dr. Onzivua.

The report recommended that no further postmortem should be carried out on Nebanda's body and that burial arrangements should proceed. He also submitted that the report was the position of parliament.

Mbabazi bashes report

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi took the floor and refuted that the report was the position of the house. "I am not only a member of this house, but a very old member of this house. That is not the position of parliament," Mbabazi said as MPs booed and heckled him. The session continues.

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