January 2, 2013

Police Engages Interpol In Hunt For Nebanda’s Boyfriend

Police Chief Kale Kayihura
Police Chief Kale Kayihura

The Inspector General of Police Lt Gen Kale Kayihura has revealed that the Police is going to use the assistance of International Police in tracking down wanted Adam Kalungi, the former boyfriend of fallen Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.

The MP passed away on December 14th last year Mukwaya General Clinic in Kampala.

Adam Kalungi is wanted for taking part in illegal drug trade. Some of his associates have been apprehended by the Police and are currently remanded at Luzira Prison.

According to a Police statement signed by the IGP, several arrests have been made which have led the Police to a drug syndicate that has been operating in Uganda, South Sudan and Pakistan.

Below is the Full Police Statement:

POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF HON CERINAH NEBANDA: ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF DRUG DEALERS

Following the death of Hon Cerinah Nebanda (RIP) on the 14th December 2012, the Special Investigations Unit of CID was assigned to undertake the investigation into the death.  The case file number is Kabalagala CRB 3618/2012.

The following are the objectives of the investigation:

·        To establish the circumstances and cause of death.

·        In case the cause of death is criminal, to find out the person or persons who carried out the criminal act leading to the death, and

·        To prosecute such person or persons on the basis of evidence gathered.

As the country already knows, preliminary post mortem examination and forensic analysis reports indicate presence of classified drugs (specifically, cocaine, and heroin) in the body of the Hon Cerinah Nebanda.

In addition, we have, since established that her boyfriend, Adam Kalungi Suleiman alias Luli, (who, on the fateful evening, together with others, took the late Hon Cerinah Nebanda from his apartment in Buziga to Nsambya General Clinic), is, in fact, a member of a narcotic drug syndicate operating in a number of countries including Uganda, Pakistan, and South Sudan.

In fact, in the course of the investigations, we got a tip off on the identities, and residences of members of this drug syndicate, who have been operating in Uganda for many years, and in which Adam Suleiman Kalungi was a prominent actor.  We mounted an operation, and over one week, we netted some of the members of this syndicate, and recovered suspected classified drugs in their residences.  Others, (following Adam Suleiman Kalungi), fled into hiding.  The arrested persons are residents of Munyonyo, Bunga, and Muyenga.

Yesterday, Monday, 31st December, 2012, the following persons, who are closely linked to Adam Suleiman Kalungi, appeared before the Grade 1 Magistrate’s court in Makindye:

·        Abid Rashied Butt alias Iqbal a Ugandan of Pakistan origin

·        Fatima Babu, a Ugandan

·        Khan Babu, a Ugandan

·        Noor Abubaker, a Ugandan

·        Ali Omar AlMuzahim, a Ugandan

Noteworthy, from the evidence we have, Abid Rashid Butt, the Ugandan of Pakistan origin, is husband to Fatima Babu.  Khan Babu is a brother to Fatuma Babu, and their driver, as well as their agent in the drug business.  The three persons, together with Noor Abubaker, are very close associates of                   Adam Suleiman Karungi, who, like Khan, was, also, an agent in the drug business.

They were charged in the Makindye court with Unlawful Possession of Narcotic drugs Contrary to sections 47 and 60(i); and Supplying Classified Drugs contrary to section 13(60) of the National Drug Policy and Authority Act, after the charges were sanctioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions.  They were remanded to Luzira prison until the 15th January 2012.

In addition, we sought, and the court granted a Warrant of Arrest in respect of  Adam Suleiman Karungi alias Luli.  We shall use Interpol, in addition to own efforts, to have him apprehended.

Further, the Police is continuing with the hunt for other members of this drug syndicate, including a Nigerian drug dealer, Basil Okonkwo, who claims to be a pastor and a journalist, and in whose residence we recovered suspected classified drugs (suspected heroin), and a document linking him to Abid Rashied Butt, the Ugandan of Pakistan origin.

We are building on evidence that we have to establish, conclusively, a link between the drugs supplied to Adam Suleiman Kalungi by the drug syndicate, (and which were in his apartment at the material time), with the death of the   Hon Cerinah Nebanda.

Once these links are established, and indicate criminal conduct, and once the final post mortem report confirms the preliminary findings that were released by the Ministry of Health, and on guidance by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Police will prefer more serious charges.

Lt Gen Kale Kayihura

Inspector General of Police

1/1/2013

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