I was forced to confess killing Nebanda, Kalungi tells court
Posted Friday, October 18 2013 at 01:00
Mr Kalungi, a prime suspect in the case, said he was forced by police officers to confess that he administered drugs to the deceased MP leading to her death.
The trial of six people in connection with the death of former Butaleja District Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda yesterday took a new twist when Mr Adam Suleiman Kalungi disowned his confession.
Mr Kalungi, a prime suspect in the case of alleged manslaughter of the deceased MP, denied the extrajudicial statement he made before then Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Ms Sylvia Nabaggala.
While appearing before Makindye Chief Magistrates Court, Mr Kalungi said he was forced by police officers to confess that he administered drugs to the late MP leading to her death. “I was offered huge sums of money by police officers to implicate my five co-accused persons that they supplied me with the drugs which I administered to my fiancée but I declined the offer,” Mr Kalungi said denying taking cocaine because he was employed as an IT specialist with international agencies.
Mr Kalungi denied the confession soon after Ms Nabaggala testified having witnessed the confession being made three days after his arrest. He was responding to the confession tendered into court by prosecution as an exhibit against him proving the case.
Other witnesses who testified against Mr Kalungi and his co-accused include Beata Cherimo, the commandant of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Ms Cherimo told court that Mr Kalungi was arrested on January 3, by Uganda Police at Busia contrary to Ms Nabaggala’s testimony that he was arrested from Mombasa, Kenya.
Other suspects include; Mr Noor Abubakar, Mr Khan Babu, Mr Abdul Abid Rashid Butt, Ms Fatuma Babu, and Mr Ali Omar Almuzahim.
Meanwhile, trial magistrate, Ms Esta Nambayo, has directed state attorney and the lawyers representing Mr Kalungi to date, for submissions to enable court decide whether to admit the statement on court record.
Prosecution alleges that Mr Kalungi along with his co-accused, on December 14, 2012 in Buziga, Makindye Division in Kampala, unlawfully caused the death of MP Nebanda.