The mother to former Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda, Alice Namulwa Mukasa has Thursday refuted claims by former State Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Ida Nantaba, that she (Namulwa) informed her of a plot to end her life by the very person who murdered her daughter.
Nebanda who was critical of many government programmes despite being from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) was pronounced dead in December 2012 at a medical facility in Kampala where she had been taken for treatment.
Her sudden death drew criticism from the public and MPs who said government could have had a hand in her demise. However, autopsy and toxicology findings indicated that the MP died of an over does of drugs after finding traces of heroin, alcohol, cocaine, chloroquine and dextromethorphan in her body. The family led by the deceased’s mother Namulwa rejected the report.
While submitting Parliament on Tuesday, Nantaba who is the current Kayunga district woman MP claimed that Namulwa had contacted her on phone alerting her that the person who was behind Nebanda’s death was targeting her.
“I received a phone call from Cerinah Nebanda’s mother. She told me ‘Honorable, you are going to be killed by the same person who killed my daughter’. I was shocked because I didn’t know where she had got my number,” Nantaba told parliament on Tuesday evening.
“She told me I should go to her to get the details about the plot. I didn’t take it seriously but shared it with somebody. I told her I would go and get more information but didn’t go there. Little did I know that she meant it.”
Now, in a statement, Namulwa describes the legislator’s claims as blatant blackmail and defamation since she has never talked to her over the same or any other issue.
“Indeed, I am very certain that you know very well that I have never telephoned you neither have I ever had any connection or dealings with you whatsoever and for that matter, I can not and I will not be party to your renown continued immature political gimmicks,” Namulwa said.
“And I accordingly publicly completely disassociate myself from your such accustomed negative diversionary tendencies moreso by implication against the government of Uganda,” she Namulwa added.
“Consequently therefore, I am asking you to publicly straightaway retract those blackmail utterances in both the print and electronic media including on the floor of Parliament of Uganda in any case not later than close of business on Tuesday January 28, 2020. Failure of which, I have instructed my family lawyers to without any further delay take the required necessary legal course of action against you at your own peril and embarrassment,” she adds.
Namulwa has also written to the President of Uganda, Speaker of Parliament, Inspector General of Police and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) on the same.
Nantaba has previously been in the news on the death of Ronald Ssebulime who was shot dead by officers of the Uganda Police from Naggalama Police Station on March 24 at Nagojje in Mukono district, on suspicion that he was trailing MP Nantaba with an intention of killing her.
Nantaba however insists that the killing of Ronald Ssebulime by Police was at the orders of powerful individuals in high positions, and that it was deliberately done to silence him (Ssebulime) from spilling out secrets regarding elements that had sent him to finish her life.