The Observer (Kampala)

6 January 2013

Uganda: We Had Plans for the Future - Nebanda Boyfriend

Below are excerpts from Adam Suleiman Kalungi's statement about his last moments with the late Butaleja Woman MP cerinah Nebanda, on the day she died.

Kalungi, who was arrested in Kenya last week, was returned to the country and was interrogated by the police's Special Investigations Unit.

I am called Kalungi Adam Suleiman. She (Cerinah Nebanda) was my girlfriend. We woke up a bit late around 11am. She said she was rushing to meet the brother to pick a passport and take it to the embassy.

I also woke up to meet up with the land surveyor. My brother-in-law wanted to buy some land in Buziga. I met my brother-in-law and the surveyor and we surveyed the land he wanted to buy.

So I paid him his fee and we separated. On my way home I picked some food and went home. I bought rice and beans from Chicken Tonight. By the time I got home, I found Cerinah seated down on the carpet. She had already sniffed the heroin that was there in the living room. It was there from previous night. She was ok, she could talk but there were remnants on her nose.

I knew she had sniffed a wrong thing. I tried to ask her why did you do this? She didn't have any good reasons. She told me' I tried to call you to ask you'. Then I shouted and told her it was wrong that it was not supposed to be taken that way. I kept on shouting she told me "don't shout at me". She used to do cocaine so I think she mistakenly did heroin thinking its cocaine.

I went to the fridge to pick some water and milk. I tried to give her she couldn't swallow. Then I tried to make some calls to some friends. I was in a state of shock. It was my first time to experience this and being a legislator I thought the government would do anything. I was not ready to face anybody in that state. I didn't know what to do. I tried to find my way to the farthest I could. I didn't figure out but I thought Kenya was the nearest.

I got transport; I hitched a lift towards Jinja. I got another lift on a truck, I passed Malaba, down to Bungoma. I got a bus to Nairobi and then I got another bus to Mombasa.

Where did you get the heroin?

I got it from some friend around Buziga. It was to be delivered to somebody in Juba. She consumed it the wrong way. You sniff cocaine but you don't sniff heroin. Heroin is done different.So where was she getting these drugs you are talking about?

I am not a drug dealer, I consume once in a while but I am not a drug dealer. Maybe she used to get it from somewhere else but she also used to get it through me. You can get it from so many friends, so many people you can meet in bars and clubs and they say they have it.

What would you tell her parents?

I am really sorry for what happened. She was my girlfriend and we had good times. We had future plans.

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