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
Religion Roman Catholic

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