Parliament reconvenes this morning to discuss the mysterious death of Butaleja Woman Member of Parliament, Cerinah Nebanda. The body of the youthful legislator has been brought back to Parliament, three days after a session convened to eulogize her ended prematurely, with deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah halting the burial arrangements and adjourning the plenary to today.
The body of the youthful legislator has been brought back to Parliament, three days after a session convened to eulogize her ended prematurely, with deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah halting the burial arrangements and adjourning the plenary to today.
Three legislators involved in the investigation into Nebanda’s death on Friday last week are expected to present to the house what they call a report on what they observed since Friday night, when the 24-year old legislator was pronounced dead at Mukwaya General Clinic in Nsambya.
The MPs, Dr Chris Baryomunsi for Kinkiizi East, Workers MP Dr Sam Lyomoki and Mbarara Municipality MP Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, spent the night in the precincts of Parliament for fear of being arrested after police issued summons for them yesterday in relation to Nebanda’s death. The police also summoned David Bahati, the Ndorwa West MP.
Nebandas’ burial which had initially been set to take place on Thursday was postponed by Oulanyah for the team to assist carry out independent investigations into her death. Baryomunsi says they are now shocked that the police is looking for them.
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The police later intervened and blocked the independent investigations, arguing that they were violating the procedure of criminal investigations. Even Dr Sylvestre Onzivua, a senior pathologist at Mulago Hospital who had been hired by Parliament to take Nebanda’s body samples to South Africa, was arrested on Tuesday and the samples taken away from him. He was released yesterday after spending two nights at Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka, Kampala.
Abdu Katuntu, the Bugweri county MP, says Police knows very well that the people involved in the process are the three doctors and want to deny Parliament the opportunity to get the information. Katuntu says the opportunity to get to the truth was lost by government when they acted in what he called as shabby manner and arrested Dr Onzivua.
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Lyomoki says if Dr Onzivua had gone to South Africa, they would have established what killed Nebanda, the mechanism used and later on find out where the toxic came from. He adds that from a medical point of view Nebanda had multiple organ failure including the lungs and pancreas.
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Internal Affairs Minister Hilary Onek yesterday issued a statement saying the conduct of MPs Baryomunsi, Lyomoki and Bitekyerezo since Friday last week is being treated with suspicion.