Doctors Clash Over Onzivua Role In Nebanda Saga


seek sans-serif;”>Dr Byarugaba Baterana, information pills the website like this sans-serif;”>Mulago Hospital Executive Director and Henry Wabingwa, a medical researcher and Professor of Pathology, Makerere University School of Biomedical Sciences were the witnesses who pinned the controversial pathologist on misconduct.

On being cross-examined by the State Attorney, Martin Rukundo, and the lawyers for the defendants David Mpanga and Abdu Katuntu, Baterana who was the first witness to take to the dock, denied having granted permission to Onzivua to take some specimen of the late Butaleja Woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda to South Africa for an independent toxicology.

“On 17 December, 2012, Onzivua brought a letter seeking advice to travel to South Africa to take some specimen of the late Nebanda. I was busy but I promised to see him later, on the same day,” said Baterana during the trial on Monday.

He testified that he’s not responsible for granting permission for leave, off duty or travel abroad to Health workers at Mulago hospital, “it is the Prime minster who grants it.

Baterana, however, admitted that at the level of Dr Onzivua, “He can do private work provided it is registered by the hospital.

He also refused to confirm or deny receiving the response on being asked by Mpanga if he had received the response on the very day Onzivua went to his office seeking advice.

Magistrate Olive Kazarwe gave him an hour to collect the 3 travel letters of doctors which had been randomly picked by Mpanga from the hospital registry to prove to court that the Prime Minister must grant permission to doctors at Mulago Hospital to travel abroad.

Baterana did not secure even one.

The second witness was Henry Wabingwa, a pathologist who headed the team which carried out a postmortem on the body of the late Nebanda on December 15, 2012.

Wabingwa told court that given the security and the number of the people in the labaratory it was difficult for one to steal the specimen.

He also told court that anyone provided is a registered medical doctor, is free to carry out a postmortem though this has to be in line with the ethical standards of medical practioners.

For the issue of taking specimen abroad, we had agreed as a team that there were specimen to be taken by a government pathologist and an independent pathologist hired by the family for comparison,” said Wabingwa.

As per the ethical standards of medical practitioners, Wabingwa said no rule was violated.

The Magistrate later adjourned the hearing of the case to July 16 for cross examination of the remaining two witnesses and for final submissions.

MP Nebanda’s death touched off a political storm in the country, with a section of MPs accusing government of having a hand in the lawmaker.

Government vehemently denied the allegations before asking police to investigate the MPs for what it termed as “slanderous and unacceptable” remarks.

The trial which was expected to resume on Tuesday did not take off due to the absence of witnesses.


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