MPs Pay Glowing Tribute to Nebanda

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Cerinah Nebanda has been described as a brave, hardworking and committed legislator as the House finally sobered up to pay tribute to the fallen Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament.

Cerinah Nebanda has been described as a brave, hardworking and committed legislator as the House finally sobered up to pay tribute to the fallen Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament.

This followed a report by parliament’s representative doctors who were part of the investigation into the Nebanda’s death. The team told the house that they were withdrawing from the seemingly fruitless investigation and recommended that tribute be paid to the MP and her body be laid to rest.

A week after she died mysteriously at Mukwaya General Clinic, all MPs described Nebanda as a brave, hardworking and committed and that she leaves a mark in her 18 months of legislation.

Busiro South MP Mutebi Joseph Balikuddembe said that only a person of Nebanda’s character would leave university right away and become successful in politics. He said that the 24 year old legislator is a heroine who has managed to have her name written in rock as a clear-cut legislator in the 18 months she has been in parliament.

Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu said that death will come to everyone including those he described as evil who are killing others.

He claimed that the evil people had blown the candle of courage, intelligence and patriotism that lit brightly in Nebanda.

//cue in: “There lies patriotism...
Cue out: ...innocent patriotic Ugandan.”//

Oyam South MP Betty Amongi said that Nebanda demystified the claim that women are in parliament only to add numbers because she added substance to parliament and that she has left a legacy for women behind.

//Cue in: “Cerinah would not...
Cue out: ...a question of justice.”//

Serere MP Alice Alaso described Nebanda’s death as an epitome of intolerance in the country, claiming that one of the most energetic, brave and dedicated Ugandans has been murdered in the most mysterious and painful way.

//Cerinah’s murder epitomises...
Cue out: ...never find peace.”//

When it was the turn of Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo to pay tribute to the dead MP, he warned MPs to be careful with the food they eat and with what they say.
Kyanjo, whose own sickness has also been suspected to be caused by poisoning, said that there are nine stages through which a government can silence people. He said that the ways include suppression of opponents, creation of torture chambers known as safe houses, arbitrary arrests, killing of opponents and sometimes colleagues and forcing people into exile.

He said Ugandans will soon be running into exile if the current fear, suspicion and confusion continue. Kyanjo has not yet recovered from the strange illness he has struggled with for over a year now which has almost impaired his speech.

Nebanda will finally be buried on Sunday, December 23 after the MPs, who had moved a motion that she should not be buried until the cause of her death is known, today suggested that she be laid to rest for her family and the country to be at peace.