Crime & Investigation

PHOTOS: Detectives Pin Onzivua On Nebanda Case


website like this geneva; font-size: small;”>The detective Assistant Superintendent of Police, stuff Byarugaba Tinka, told court today about the arrest of Onzivua at Entebbe International Airport as the pathologist carried samples of Nebanda’s body to South Africa for further scrutiny.

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“He had a bag and on searching it, I found 2 T-shirts, a white pack that contained five plastic with different specimens, an air ticket and a passport and $ 380,” said Tinka.

Tinka told court that Onzivua’s passport had already been signed by the Immigration Department thus accepted to leave the country. However, this was cancelled upon his arrest.

He said that upon consulting from his director, he was advised to take the accused to the government analytical lab where he was to surrender the samples and later taken to the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka, Kampala.

However, when asked by the Chief Magistrate of Buganda Road Court, Olive Kazaarwe to produce the specimen in court, he said “we consulted the Government Analytical Lab and they told us that the specimen cannot be exposed to the public”.

The second witness was the Detective Inspector of Police, Mary Mbabazi who acknowledged receiving the accused together with the body samples of the departed MP.

“We received the samples and put them in the (government analytical) lab,” she told court.

Niwagaba and Caleb Alaka consulting on the way forward during the hearing

The third witness was a one Andrew, a senior analyst at the same Laboratory.

However, he was stopped after a request by the defense lawyers who argued that his testimony was not related to the case.

“At first, there was no evidence, and now, the state is shopping for evidence. We do not need to go to their (state’s) evidence which does not support the charge sheet,” said Abdu Katuntu.

The fourth and last witness was a one Watura, a Chief investigator attached to Kireka Special Investigations Unit.

After the cross-examination of witnesses, David Mpanga, one of the defense lawyers, tried to make submissions but was turned down by Kazaarwe who instead adjourned the court session to 3pm for submissions.

The other lawyers on the defense team were Caleb Alaka, Frank Niwagaba among others.

Mpanga (left) trying to make a submission in court

Prosecution alleges that on December 15 at Mulago hospital mortuary, Dr Onzivua, Dr Baryomunsi and others still at large, conspired and unlawfully obtained Nebanda’s body samples and attempted to take them to South Africa without permission.

Nebanda’s death touched off a political storm with some lawmakers accusing government of having a hand in the unfortunate incident.

Government denied the allegations and asked police to investigate the lawmakers’ statements.


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