The Observer (Kampala)

6 January 2013

Uganda: Nebanda's Mother Rejects Kalungi Confession

The mother of the late Cerinah Nebanda Arioru, Alice Namulwa Mukasa has rejected a confession by Adam Suleiman Kalungi that the legislator died from a drug overdose.

Kalungi told a press conference at the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka that the fallen Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament, who was his girl friend, used cocaine and heroin together. He said that Nebanda had that day switched to heroin and taken it the wrong way by sniffing it. Heroin is taken in tablet or injectable form.

Namulwa, who is still in Butaleja where her daughter was buried, told The Observer by telephone that if Kalungi said that Nebanda died from abuse of narcotics, then he still had some questions he had not answered.

"If they were taking the same drug, how come one party is dead and another ran to Nairobi without [the drug having] any effect on him? How come the information he is talking about came out before the postmortem that said Nebanda had died from those drugs? It appears there is something he is not saying," Namulwa told The Observer.

She confirmed that Nebanda had indeed not spent a night at her house on Thursday and had told her that she would spend it in Munyonyo.

"I doubt [his confession]; I am not convinced. There are too many loopholes. I would believe in the postmortem and his story if they had allowed the doctor [Sylvester Onzivua] to go to South Africa. Any human being will ask why did they stop the doctor from going and why are they arresting anyone who is saying anything about it?" Namulwa said.

She also wondered why Kalungi did not call Nebanda's family immediately he realised that there was something wrong with her and instead confided in friends.

"If it was a normal death why did he run away? I don't see any fact in what he is saying," Namulwa said.

She says she has no plans to carry out an independent postmortem in the near future.

"For me I have buried my daughter and everything I have left in God's hands, one time the truth will come out. I know Adam is innocent,"

Asked if she would like to meet Kalungi, Namulwa said that she had no intentions of meeting him because he will not offer her any truth.

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