March 5, 2013

Adam Kalungi Denied Bail

The key suspect in the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda, Mr Adam Suleiman Kalungi was on Tuesday afternoon been denied bail. He was then returned to Luzira prison where he has been since early January.

He was denied bail by Makindye Chief Magistrate Esther Nambayo.

This was after the prosecution led by Ms Samali Wakoli, opposed his release on grounds that the land titles of his two sureties, were not registered in their names, casting doubt onto their authenticity.

Prosecution had also expressed fear that once Mr Kalungi is released on bail, he would run away and not attend the hearing.

Ms Wakoli also noted that it had to take the Uganda police along with Interpol to arrest Mr Kalungi from Kenya after he had sought refuge off shortly after committing the alleged crime. Kalungi was MP Nebanda’s boyfriend at the time.

Mr Kalungi is jointly charged with five others; Mr Noor Abubakar, Mr  Khan Babu, Mr Abdul Abid Rashid Butt, Ms Fatuma Babu, and Mr Ali Omar Almuzahim in connection to the MP’s death.

The suspects face charges of charge of manslaughter, and two counts of being in possession of narcotic drugs contrary to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act.

According to the charge sheet, prosecution alleges that Mr Kalungi along with his five co-accused, on December, 14, last year in Buziga, Makindye Division in Kampala, unlawfully caused the death of MP Nebanda.  They deny the charges

The prosecution today also reinstated an earlier charge of supplying and dispensing restricted drugs against the suspects that had been thrown out for being defective as it did not disclose the type of restricted drug dispensed and to whom it was dispensed.

However, this technicality was cured and the prosecution now alleges that the accused persons between September and December last year, supplied heroin and cocaine drugs to the fallen MP, an act contrary to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act 206.

They all denied the amended charge.

Court had also set today to start hearing this case but it did not take off.

This was because there was no Swahili interpreter to interpret for one of the suspects, Mr  Khan Babu Abdul, who is not well conversant with the official language, English.

Court was forced to adjourn the hearing to April 8, 9 and 10 as the prosecution looks around for a Swahili interpreter.

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