Mystery Shrouds Nebanda’S Death

(R-L) MP Medard Seggona, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and David Bahati, engulfed in shock
(R-L) MP Medard Seggona, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and David Bahati, engulfed in shock

Mystery still shrouds the sudden death of Bulaleja Woman MP, Cerina Nebanda Arioru, 24.

Nebanda died Friday evening  at Mukwaya General Hospital, Nsambya after developing acute stomach pains.

The youthful legislator known for her hard-line stance against her own ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), has been very vocal and was among the law makers lebelled ‘rebels’ within the party.

Last Thursday, Nebanda attended Parliament during President Museveni’s address on the controversial issue of oil.

President Museveni said he had intelligence information that some MPs within NRM and opposition are being used by foreign forces to scuttle government’s development plans.

Museveni claimed Shs1.5bn had been spent by ACODE, a Non-Governmental Organisation and other civil society bodies to fund MPs through workshops to oppose Clause 9 of the recently passed oil Bill.

The Clause grants super powers to the line minister to negotiate, license and revoke licenses to oil companies, but the opposing legislators’ voices were in support of such powers being granted to the envisaged Uganda Oil Authority.

In fact, Museveni said such conferences organised by foreign funded NGOs are avenues for bribing MPs, adding that he had tasked the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to investigate the matter.

After President Museveni’s speech, Nebanda reacted thus: “Uganda belongs to all of us. There is no way we can give out oil which is everyone’s concern in Uganda to just an individual [minister] just because someone [President Museveni] has ordered us to do so. For us, we shall always continue to be the voice of the voiceless when it comes to issues of national interest.

“If someone is blaming us that we are bribed in conferences, does it mean that when the President invites us to State House and Kyankwazi and afterwards we are given Shs500, 000 or Shs1m, we are bribed?”

Red Pepper has learnt that Nebanda told Lwemiyaga MP, Theodore Ssekikubo, after the President’s speech that she was itching to raise her hand during the address to respond to the President’s bribery allegations.

Museveni, during his speech, had unleashed veiled attacks on Ssekikubo as one of the ring leaders of MPs who are being used by foreign forces to fail his government.


Minister Frank Tumwebaze (L), Kyamadidi and Katuntu, covered with deep shock on Friday
Minister Frank Tumwebaze (L), Kyamadidi and Katuntu, covered with deep shock on Friday


The following day, Friday, the lebelled rebel NRM legislators led by Ssekikubo, Winfred Niwagaba, Abdu Katuntu and Vincent Kyamadidi raised Nebanda on phone to join them at a joint press conference at the Members’ Lounge at Parliament, to  rebuttal Museveni’s bribery allegations.

Unfortunately, she never attended the meeting as she told her colleagues that she was attending to her sick mother at their home in Kitubulu, along Entebbe Road, and therefore could not make it.

She called her driver and asked him to driver her sick mother in her Range Rover car to hospital for treatment. She then drove her silver Progress car from Kitubulu to Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel to attend a conference.

At Munyonyo, Nebanda was allegedly served with chips and mango juice. After eating the food, she developed stomach pain and she immediately called her mother at around 11:00am and later her father at 1:00pm.

Her mother said she called her thrice. “She told me that she started feeling pain in her stomach after eating chips. She said she suspected that because she had ulcers, the oil in the chip could have exacerbated the situation, causing much pain since she was too hungry when she ate the oily food,” her sobbing mother narrated her daughter’s ordeal at Mukwaya General Hospital.

When Nebanda’s abdominal pain intensified, she called her boy friend, Adams Lou to take her to hospital. Adams obliged at arrived at Munyonyo. They drove to Adam’s home in Buziga, but Nebanda’s pain worsened.

In company of another male friend not yet identified, Adams drove to a nearby clinic, Kironde Clinic in Muyenga, for medics to check Nebanda’s condition.

At Kironde Clinic, the doctors advised Adams that Nebanda’s situation was too complicated for them to handle and instead referred them to a referral hospital. Kironde Clinic offered Adams one of its staff to help in handling Nebanda after realising she was a Member of Parliament and needed special attention.

As they were heading to St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, Kironde Clinic staff advised that since Nebanda was losing the battle, they should branch to any nearby clinic for immediate first aid to improve her situation before proceeding to St. Francis Hospital.

That is when they branched off to Mukwaya General Hospital, Nsambya. On arrival, the Kironde Clinic staff went straight to the doctor’s office alerting him of the dire situation Nebanda was in.

Adams followed him with Nebanda’s car key and phones and allegedly dumped them on one of the hospital tables and left, leaving the Kironde Clinic staff alone with the patient. The man who was in Adams company allegedly vanished with him.

On examination by Mukwaya Hospital medics, Nebanda was pronounced dead. The deceased’s phones were then used to contact relatives and MPs to alert them of her death.


MP Sanjay Tana (L) quarreling with CIID Director Grace Akullo and her deputy Fred Musana, over polices' deployment inside the h
MP Sanjay Tana (L) quarreling with CIID Director Grace Akullo and her deputy Fred Musana, over polices’ deployment inside the h


Police Arrive

The Director of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Grace Akullo arrived at Mukwaya Hospital in company of her deputy, Geoffrey Musana.

Inspector General of Police, Lt. General Kale Kayihura, also arrived at the scene together with Dr. Byaruhanga, the police head of Medical Department and they were briefed by Akullo and Musana.

Kayihura then ordered Akullo to ensure that police guarded Nebanda’s body, car and the hospital, as other detectives were dispatched to Adams’ home in Buziga to search his house.

House Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga later arrived at the scene, speechless and only said, “Let’s wait for investigations”, and left the scene.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, also arrived at the scene to further enforce Kayihura’s directives to guard Nebanda’s body, car and hospital.

This was not welcomed by the MPs who were present. The MPs who arrived at the scene in shock of the mysterious demise of their colleague included David Bahati, Theodore Ssekikubo, Abdu Katuntu, Justine Lumumba, Medard Sseggona among others.

Police arrested the Kironde Clinic staff for interrogation. Police later refused to comment on the matter, referring journalists to Kayihura. Journalists were also barred from accessing the room where Nebanda’s body was lying.

Her body was later transferred to Mulago Hospital for postmortem. By the time we wrote this piece, the toxicological report was not yet out to ascertain the cause of her death.


Relatives consoling the MP's wailing mum at Mukwaya General Hospital (Photo by Stuart Yiga)
Relatives consoling the MP’s wailing mum at Mukwaya General Hospital (Photo by Stuart Yiga)

Additional Reporting by By Stuart Yiga and Ambrose Kibuuka

61 thoughts on “Mystery Shrouds Nebanda’S Death”

  1. We should owe alot of of respect to Nebanda she was young devoted MP of all people regardless of their political affiliation. She wasn’t a febbled women she was indepent. R.I.P

  2. red pepeper according to your story it looks like the legislature was poisioned
    and u re jst beating around the bush semanye ulcers
    who served her with the chips
    y arrest staff of the clinic yet the hotel where she was served is still nt evn introgated
    guys we should wake up and see the light
    ut anywa thats too bad
    RIP Nab

  3. The Police should carry out full investigations in her death and the report made public to avoid people speculating and basing on propaganda… There have been lots of deaths of prominent people to date the reports have never been published… I do empathise with those that point fingures at the State/Regime…

  4. She opposes Museveni and dies a few hours later . May her soul not rest in peace until we get real peace .

  5. Hmmmmm funny how things can happen, i think these Hotels here. I pity those who even go there. This is the only time i support the president. Lets cary our own food (Ggolu) to schools and even hotels to be safe.

  6. The police is not serious how do you arrest a clinic officer who came in to help and leave out the hotel management..wake up officers..

  7. There is one thing i have noticed. In Uganda, guns are present wether in sadness, joy and the obvious. Why in the hospital like in this case amazes me.
    Its sad that a young life has been taken away but why arrest a persorn who was simply
    helping? No wander people dont report cases to Police for fear of victimisation.

  8. I think , they need to know what her mom suffered from 1st. IT CD VE BEEN even ebola or any other disease.Secondly the pple that cooked and served chips at hotel need to be investigated.Thats why i never eat in public places.esp parties,pple laugh at me say, u uuu u think we ve put poison,i ignore them.Who is dying next,sorry for her.may her soul R.I.P

  9. Isn’t this the 2nd ulcer related death we have had this year? First was Nebanda. People with ulcers need help coz they may be in the same bracket as the diabetic.

  10. why surely why k…….. an innocent young girl like that!! she was an icon to many youth, one day it will be some ones turn. no immortals remember that. R.I.P I LOVE YOU CERINA. MY HEART ACHES!!

  11. Any mysterious death ought to be seriously investigated and the population given credible and timely explanation and in cases of proven foul play, justice must be done by ensuring criminals are successfully and mercilessly persecuted and victims’ dependents compensated… There have been numerous suspect deaths in form of accidents and poisoning and this worsens the life index of politicians in the country… Remember how Dr Aporu Akol et al mysteriously died some years back? I don’t want to list all other victims here. The investigative arm of government should issue credible and timely reports on these unfortunate deaths… We are inviting a terrible curse on our land (Uganda) that will seriously affect the future generation…. God help us… May Cerinah’s soul rest in peace…

  12. MLK Jr. Once noted the “the quality not longevity of life is what matters” so cerina’s life has bn too short but xtremely vital to the country at large
    But also this should be a learning situation for us youth not 2waste our life hoping for the future let ever our qn be “what are we doing for others MLK Jr ”
    May her soul rest in peace

  13. Collins is correct in observing that the hotel where she ate those food items should be checked. The food should be examined. Then move on to other things later.
    We are all dumb-founded at your unexpected departure!
    May you rest in peace, dear sister!

    1. You will not get that food now for testing given the status of Munyonyo.They can not allow any bad publicity on their establishment.The only way out isto get an independent pathologist to be present at the time of Autopsy.The family can get a pathologist from inside/outside the country and even interested parties can also get their own Pathologist.Otherwise this will just be another unsolved death.God save Africa

  14. Ugandans whose death is still remembered since 2000 random
    Mr. Tom julunga
    Brig. Nobel mayombo
    Maj. Gen. James kanzini
    Hon. Francis ayume
    Hon. James wapakhabulo
    Ms. Ageno agnes (wife barnabas)
    Ms. Rehema caesar (wife godi)
    Hon. Cerina nebanda
    And others
    May they souls rest in peace

  15. so sad and it beats my understanding, police should contineu with its work. R.I.P NEBANDA

  16. Just tears in ma eyes,wat enormous loss.We’ve lost an independent minded law maker en a good debater.May her soul rest in eternal peace.

  17. It is so shocking to hear of the demise of this young MP. May God rest your soul in eternal peace.

  18. Da hotel where she had da meak from should have a case to answer! The persons who served her should be arrested too. Am really hurt by dis mystery of such an intelligent lady! We have lost big as Ugandans, RIP

  19. RIP Cerina. Am so saddened! We can agree to disagree politically, and still live together in harmony as “civilized” Ugandans. If this rum-our is true, I say it is a terrible idea, because no one has monopoly of this bad seed! Now who is next? Please, stop ruining our country!!!

  20. So bad for nebanda’s family. I wish to pray to God to strengthen the relatives and the entire parliament for the loss of such a corner block

  21. just the only i can say tu the late jts rest in peace may God grant u another new life where u are going

  22. This is not the first time in Uganda, big people dies like flies on meet. Let her rest eternal peace .Amen.

  23. These kind of sudden and mysterious deaths have been going on for a long time and it happens to people who want transparency and justice for ugandans.

  24. in uganda u can die when da killers are enjoying we remember buddo kids, lugogo mascres, luwero deaths , katayimbwa , robinah kiyingi all are in da name of we are the bosses

  25. Politics is a dirty game!! Foul play is at its best in Uganda, an investigation report will never come out, where is that of Mayombo? May Cerina;s soul Rest in Peace, as she has sacrificied her life for our nation.

  26. R.i.p Nebanda. She was so young and already successful at her tender age. this must have filled some old loser douches with flaring envy that resulted in her death.My deepest condolenses go out to her family esp, the heart-broken mum. Now the question remains whether the impending investigations will yield any results. i wish they could let the public view her autopsy report.

  27. Our hearts are saddened and we moan the untimely death of this young and promising independent minded legislator. It’s surely a great loss to her constituency and the nation at large.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her immediate family, friends and colleagues, especially her dear mother.

    Cerinah, may your soul RIP

    Rev 14:13, John 11:26, 1Corinth 5:8

  28. Am sorry for the family and Ugandan for that big lost.
    what am sure of is that after clearing others’ life because of selfish interest and greed God will never let it go. He is the chief justice, those involved will surely pay for it one day.
    Very many Ugandan have died in such a funny way simple because of speaking out their mind

  29. No one owns this world whoever is playing such games on the lives of our elites time will come for him, No man has ever won the battle between man and time when your time comes we shall hand you with canines


  31. the pple who tried t save her life are in trouble,yet Munyonyo Hotel where shw ate food is not followed at all.The police must be knowing then.LET HER SOUL REST IN PEACE

  32. Its very sad, i cant stand it neither can i believe it you are gone too soon we shall forever miss you. may your soul rest in eternal peace

  33. Good point Colin,why would the police rush into arresting clinical staff who knew nothing about the MP’s plight until she was rushed to them and not arrest the waiters,chef and hotel management where it all begun?
    Why would they rush into looking for the boyfriend who wasn’t with her when it all developed unless the police suspects that he must have poisoned her hours or days earlier?
    Dissecting the dead woman all in the name of carrying out an autopsy and forensics won’t help much because it is well known that no commission of of inquiry or major investigation has ever come up with a conclusive report.
    It’s such a pity that this young legislator had to go at such a young age.


  34. It’s a great shock and pity! i only pray to GOD ALMIGHTY that the real truth about the death of such a committed and young legislator is unveiled. “GOD in your mercy, if any one had anything to do with her death, let him/her pay for it dearly with his/her life!”

  35. And they say Amin killed those who opposed him!! only God will offer us justice. Instead of the police rushing to the hotel to investigate those involved in the chips she ate they we busy guarding her car is this shire incompetence or they were just buying time for the evidence to be completely erased

  36. she was such a daring and impressive young legislator, she will be dearly missed by us in the East, may the Almighty GOD grant her soul everlasting peace.

  37. Those are tricks of Police,they know the cause,thats why they didnt search the Hotel,but diverted our attention to ahealthy worker who is innocent!You mean they are ignorant or stupid not to know where to start from?????

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