27 December 2012

Uganda: Minister Raps Nebanda's Mom Over Outburst

The lands minister, Daudi Migereko, has condemned the chaos that reigned at the burial of former Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda on Sunday.

Migereko also criticised the manner in which the deceased MP's mother, Alice Namulwa, angrily reacted by tearing into pieces the condolence message sent to the family by President Yoweri Museveni.

Addressing Christians during Christmas prayers at Christ's Cathedral, Bugembe in Jinja on Tuesday, Migereko described the act as unfortunate and regrettable.

"It was unfortunate for a parent to receive the President's condolence message and tear it into pieces in protest. As parents, we should be mindful of how we conduct ourselves since we must be exemplary to the young generation," he said.

Since Nebanda's death on December 14, there have been protests from her family and a section of legislators who claim the Government could have had a hand in her untimely demise.

During her burial in Butaleja on Sunday, angry mourners blocked third deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali, who represented the Government, from delivering the President's speech.

Later, Namulwa tore a copy of the speech and threw the pieces onto Ali's vehicle as he left the venue unceremoniously.

Migereko, who said the Government could not kill its citizens, wondered why some people were blaming it over Nebanda's death yet the cause had been publicised.

He asked people not to jeopardise investigations into the matter but give ample time to the concerned agencies to exercise their mandate.

Earlier, the bishop-elect for Bukedi diocese, the Rev. Can. Samuel Egesa, beseeched God to help Ugandans go through the various challenges including the death of Nebanda.

Busoga bishop Dr. Michael Kyomya, who led the prayers, asked parents to raise God-fearing children by putting more emphasis on their moral behaviour.

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