Crime & Investigation

Police Warn Nebanda Family


sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Police publicist, order Judith Nabakooba on Sunday said “while we empathize with family of the late Hon. Nebanda and mourn their loss, the Police Force shall not countenance false and malicious allegations against the Force and its leadership.”

Alice Namulwa told The Observer newspaper in an interview that Kayihura “had an interest in the death” of her daughter.

“I’m sure he knows exactly what happened to Nebanda,”

Namulwa said when [Cerinah] Nebanda passed away, the legislator’s family members were with the Inspector General of Police [Kale Kayihura] at Nsambya.

“I don’t know how he came to know about it [death] because when we asked him to tell us how he knew that Nebanda had died from that hospital, he was giving us vague information … but it was a shock to us, so we didn’t mind much when Nebanda’s body was taken to Mulago [hospital] before the postmortem was done. After that, Kayihura came up with a statement that Nebanda had died from drugs,” Namulwa is quoted as saying.

“I really wondered when I saw the big headline [in the press] since we were still waiting for the postmortem report from Mulago. I rang Mulago to find out whether the postmortem was ready, but they told me ‘no’, they hadn’t done anything [and] were waiting for the doctors.”

Namulwa further states that from that time, “I knew that something had gone wrong with this girl. It must have been an intended death, not by mistake as the IGP claimed. So, we tried to consult with the press … and they told us that it was the IGP Kayihura who told them that Nebanda had died from drugs.”

“They have not given us any copy of those findings but we are sure they are not conclusive at all. This means that some people had interest in the whole thing; it is the IGP who went and told the president all this.

He was the one who furnished the president with the wrong information; so, he [Museveni] should be cautious with the information he gets from those people.”

However, Nabakooba accused Namulwa of making “serious and unsubstantiated allegations against the Police Force, in general, and the Inspector-General of Police, in particular.”

She said Police “are constrained by our professional and legal obligations, at this point, from discussing the details and particulars of the falsehoods, because the facts in issue are the same facts currently before Court, in a case where several accused persons are standing trial.”

Nabakooba further said Police was “surprised and disappointed that the media house, which should have known better, sanctioned and published a story which clearly breaches the ‘subjudice’ rule.”

“Worse still, persons adversely mentioned in the story were never interviewed, to give their side of the story, as would be expected in professional journalism. While it is true that the individuals aggrieved by the falsehoods propagated in the story reserve their right to legal remedy, we urge the media to adhere to the tenets of professional reporting, and respect the judicial processes as well, in order to avoid misleading the public, and harming reputations of innocent people.”

Nebanda died in December 2012 under mysterious circumstances.

Police said Nebanda died after consuming illicit drugs, a statement that was rejected by the legislator’s family.

MPs who alleged that government killed Nebanda were investigated by Police. Adam Kalungi, the main suspect in Nebanda’s death is currently on remand at Luzira Prison.


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