April 9, 2013

Nebanda Took Cocaine on Empty Stomach – Witness

The high profile trial in which six people stand accused of unintentionally killing Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda late last year, kicked off Monday before Makindye Court in Kampala.

Mr Moses Ssegawa, a property agent from Kasanga Kiwafu, who took to the witness box first, told court that the key suspect Adam Kalungi confided in him that the MP had taken too much cocaine on an empty stomach.

Fallen Former Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda
Fallen Former Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda

Further in his testimony before Chief Magistrate Ester Nambayo, he said that he knew the late Nebanda as Kalungi’s wife and that he had helped him take her to Mukwaya General Clinic in Nsambya after the MP became unwell up on taking the drugs.

He added that both of them fled on hearing the doctors pronounce the former legislator dead.

He further noted that it had to take Kalungi’s other girlfriend to help the police arrest the fugitive Kalungi.

Mr Kalungi, who has been on remand at Luzira prison since January this year, is jointly charged with other 5 people over criminal offenses ranging from manslaughter to supplying and dispensing restricted drugs such as cocaine and heroin to the slain MP.

He along with his co-accused, deny the charges.

The second prosecution witness of the day was Mr Emmanuel Kiiza, a clinical officer from People’s Hope Medical Centre, Kasanga.

In his testimony, Mr Kiiza blamed Mr Kalungi for not having rushed the late youthful legislator to hospital, saying she would have survived if she had received treatment in time.

Mr Kiiza in his testimony further told court that he advised Mr Kalungi to take the late legislator for specialized treatment upon administering to her fist aid but he (Kalungi) chickened out as he feared journalists from exposing what was unfolding since his wife was a prominent person in society.

The hearing of the case continues Tuesday with the prosecution led by state prosecutors Andrew Odit and Samali Wakoli expected ted to bring more witnesses to try to prove their case against the accused that they unintentionally caused the death of the MP.

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