MP Bahati Denies Involvement in Nebanda's Death

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Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati has denied any involvement in the death of Butaleja Woman legislator Cerinah Nebanda.

Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati has denied any involvement in the death of Butaleja Woman legislator Cerinah Nebanda.

Speaking to journalists at Parliament today, Bahati said he has unfortunately learnt of claims by Nebanda’s family members trying to link his name to her death.
 
Nebanda died on Friday night under unclear circumstances, shortly after being brought to Mukwaya General Clinic in Nsambya, Kampala. Adam Suleiman Kalungi, the man believed to be the dead MP’s lover, and who is reported to have brought her to the clinic shortly before being pronounced dead, is still on the run. Preliminary tests carried out on the body by a team of pathologists said Nebanda’s pancreas and lungs were damaged. They also detected what they called external toxic substance in the body and called for further tests to establish the cause of death.

Nebanda’s death has since had several twists with allegations of murder dominating the discussions. Dr Sylvester Onzivua, a senior pathologist at Mulago Hospital and a member of the team that examined the dead legislator’s body, was arrested on Tuesday while on his way to South Africa with her body samples.

This further added to the confusion surrounding the death of the 24-year-old MP. Amidst all this, Nebanda’s mother, Alice Namulwa claimed that a Member of Parliament from the ruling party literally connected her daughter to her killers. There has been talk especially on social media claiming that Bahati is the MP Namulwa was referring to.

Bahati, who came to the limelight after he tabled the Anti Homosexuality Bill in 2009, is accused of linking the late Nebanda to her boyfriend Adam Kalungi; the man the family believes has information regarding the circumstances surrounding her death.
 
Bahati, who is also the ruling NRM Parliamentary Caucus Vice chairperson, says he has never known by name or physically through phone or any other contact the said Kalungi. He says he has no idea of the said workshop in Kalangala at which he is believed to have connected the two and that he has never been in Kalangala either officially or privately.
 
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Bahati also stated that being a time of emotion and mourning for the family, it would be disrespectful on his part to ask them to substantiate the unfortunate and false remarks attributed to Nebanda’s parents and family as duty demands them to.
  
Meanwhile the Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi early today in press conference called upon his colleagues in Parliament and all leaders to be very cautious especially during this festive season.
 
Mafabi advised MPs to check what they eat and their movements. The Budadiri West MP asked for a compulsory medical checkup of all legislators to establish to establish their status.

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Mafabi also adds that there is need to revisit what he called suspicious deaths. These include that of former Army Commander James Kazini in 2009, and Brig Noble Mayombo in 2007. Major General Kazini died while a girlfriend's house in Namuwongo, after being struck on the head with a blunt metal. Lydia Atim Draru, was on September 1, 2011convicted for manslaughter and sentenced to 14 years in jail. Mayombo, a former permanent secretary in the ministry of defence, died of multiple organ failure on May 1, 2007 after a short illness. President Yoweri Museveni set up a team of experts to investigate the death, reasoning that his officer could have been killed "by wrong elements in the region." The team which was led by Brigadier James Mugira, submitted its report to the president.

For Dr Andrew Kayiira, a former minister who short dead in March 1987, they demand for the immediate release of the report. After Kayiira's death, government hired Scotland Yard to carry out investigations but their findings have never been made public.
 
President Yoweri Museveni had made it clear that Mayombo’s report was released to the family, though the family this week said they have never seen nor received the report.
 
Mafabi also cites Hussein Kyanjo, the Makindye West MP and opposition internal affairs minister, who has been in hospital for a year with a strange sickness and is still not in position to talk.