THE PARLIAMENTARY Committee on Health Affairs which is handling investigations into the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda yesterday stormed the Kireka based Special Investigations Unit (SIU) demanding for the immediate release of Dr. Silvester Onzivua.
The legislators led by Chris Baryomunsi, Kasiano Wadri, Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, Sam Lyomoki and Abdu Katuntu stormed the office of SIU boss, Betia Chelimo and demanded the immediate release of the pathologist. “Madam, we are giving you 30 minutes to release this suspect or else we shall sleep here. We have all the evidence and the letter that authorised him to take the samples to South Africa. We don’t know why you’re detaining him,” said Baryomunsi
However, Chelimo could not even allow them to access her office and refused to release the pathologist saying that she needed to first consult her bosses. “I can’t release the suspect. This man will first appear before court and be charged with abuse of office and absconding from duty under the Anti-Corruption Act.
I cannot release him now, neither can I take him to court before I get orders from authorities above me,” said Chelimo. Workers MP Sam Lyomoki told Chelimo that he was among the people opposed to rumours that government was behind the killing of Nebanda. “I was one of the people opposed to the public perception that Government had an upper hand in the death of our colleague. But basing on what I am seeing and the way they are protecting the investigations, I strongly believe that government had an upper hand in our colleague’s death,” narrated Lyomoki. Security on Tuesday seized body organs of the fallen legislator.
The organs which included parts of liver, Pancreas and Lungs were confiscated at Entebbe International Airport by security operatives from Dr. Silvester Onzivua, a Pathologist at Mulago Referral Hospital.
Onzivua was pulled out of the checking in line for the 7:00am South African Airways flight registration number SA 161 as he ‘attempted to smuggle the body parts’ to South Africa without permission, Police said. “He was arrested at Entebbe Airport, while in possession of the samples and is at the moment in Police custody, to assist in establishing why he violated the laid down procedures and regulations,” Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba said in a statement MoH Allowed Pathologist To Travel
However, it emerged yesterday that the Ministry of Health okayed Onzivua to travel to South Africa. The MPs yesterday presented to Police a letter written by the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng allowing Onzivua to travel to South Africa. “Reference is made to your letter dated December 17, 2012 concerning taking samples removed from the late Hon. Nebanda Cerinah to South Africa for an independent toxicological analysis. This is to authorise you to take the said accordingly. “You should deliver the results to this office on your return,” Aceng said in the letter, reference ADM 71/342/01.