Cerinah Nebanda

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Cerinah Nebanda
Born Uganda
Died 2012 (aged 23–24)
Kampala, Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Occupation Politician
Years active 2011–2012
Known for Politics
Home town Butaleja
Title Member of Parliament
Parliament of Uganda

Cerinah Nebanda (1988–2012) was a member of the parliament of Uganda, representing the Butaleja District Women's Constituency.[1] Her death at the age of 24, in December 2012, sparked political controversy.[2]

Death and subsequent investigation[edit]

A government chemist's post-mortem report stated that cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and several other chemicals were found in Nebanda's blood, intestinal tract, and tissue samples.[3] At Nebanda's funeral, however, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga rejected this report.[4] Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni denied that the National Resistance Movement, the political party to which he and the late Nebanda belonged to, had killed her.[5]

The Observer newspaper reported that some Ugandan members of parliament (MPs)[who?] believe that Nebanda was poisoned, as she was a vocal critic of the government, and that the state was "arresting anyone suspected to be propagating that line".[6] Among those arrested were two MPs, one of whom was Mohamed Nsereko.[7]

Earlier, The Daily Monitor newspaper had reported that a pathologist who Nebanda's family had asked to examine her samples had been arrested while on his way to conduct tests in South Africa.[8]

On 2 January 2013, police announced that they had opened an investigation into Nebanda's death and linked it to what they called "a narcotic drug syndicate operating in a number of countries including Uganda, Pakistan, and South Sudan".[9] On 4 January, Nebanda's boyfriend, Adam Suleiman Kalungi, was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Uganda for questioning by police.[10] In July 2014, he was acquitted of the criminal charges surrounding her death.[11]


  1. ^ Ssebuyira, Martin (15 December 2012). "Cerinah Nebanda's Sudden Death Leaves MPs In Shock". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Gyezaho, Emmanuel (28 December 2012). "Lawyers Ask President To Respect MPs On Nebanda". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Vision, Reporter (22 December 2012). "Nebanda Death: Cocaine, Alcohol Found". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Vision, Reporter (23 December 2012). "Chaos At Nebanda Burial As Speaker Rejects Government Death Report". New Vision. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Mubiru, Apollo (24 December 2012). "NRM Did Not Kill Nebanda – Museveni". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Lubwama, Siraje (2 January 2013). "Museveni Faces MPs Revolt Over Nebanda". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Odeke, Julius (31 December 2012). "Kampala Central MP Mohamed Nsereko Released On Bail". The Independent (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Sheila Naturinda, Mercy Nalugo, and Martin Ssebuyira (18 December 2012). "Cerinah Nebanda’s Death: Pathologist Arrested, Dad Breaks Silence". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Odeke, Julius (2 January 2013). "Police Investigation Into The Death of Hon Cerinah Nebanda". The Independent (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Vision, Reporter (4 January 2013). "Nebanda Boyfriend Arrested In Kenya, Extradited". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "DPP Appeals Against Adam Kalungi Acquittal", RedPepper, 9 July 2014, accessed 11 July 2015