Nebanda Death: Court Sets Date To Decide Fate of Suspects

Fallen Former Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda whose death caused quite in 2012.
Fallen Former Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda whose death caused quite  a stir in 2012.

Makindye chief magistrate’s court has set January 31st as the day for deciding the fate of six suspects accused of their involvement in the murder of Celina Nebanda, the former Butaleja district woman Member of Parliament.

Magistrate Esther Nambayo, the Makindye chief magistrate set the date on Tuesday after hearing lengthy final submissions from the defense and prosecution.

The suspects are Adam Kalungi, a former boyfriend to the late MP, Noor Abubakar, Khan Babu, Abdul Abid Rashid Butt, Fatuma Babu and Ali Omar Almuzahim.  Kalungi is still on remand at Luzira prison while his co-accused are out on bail. The suspects were arrested shortly after the death of Nebanda in December 2012 under unclear circumstances.

They were charged with manslaughter and two counts of being in possession of narcotic drugs contrary to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act. Prosecution alleges that the MP met her death as a result of consuming the drugs, which were supplied by the suspects. In its final submission, the prosecution led by Samali Wakoli asked court to find all the accused guilty and convict them as charged.

Wakoli argued that as prosecution, they had discharged their burden of proving all the charges against the accused beyond reasonable doubt. However, on the contrary, a host of defense lawyers led by Mubiru Nsubuga and MacDosman Kabega; asked court to acquit and set free their clients on grounds that the prosecution had miserably failed to adduce evidence to sustain the charges preferred against them.

Details on the charge sheet are that Kalungi along with his five co-accused while in Buziga, Makindye Division on December, 14, 2012 unlawfully caused the death of MP Nebanda. They deny the charges. Prosecution further alleges that the late law maker was in the company of Kalungi at his house in Buziga, Kampala moments before she died. Once found guilty of manslaughter, the suspects risk spending the rest of their lives in jail.

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