Friday June 27 2014

MP Nebanda’s death: Kalungi’s appeal flops yet again

Adam Kalungi

Adam Kalungi File Photo 

By Juliet Kigongo

The High court in Kampala has yet again adjourned the verdict in an appeal by Mr Adam Suleiman Kalungi against his four year sentence for causing the death of former Butaleja District Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda on December 14, 2012.

Justice Lameck Mukasa on Friday pushed the judgment to July 4 on grounds that the ruling was not yet ready. This therefore, means that Kalungi will have to spend one more week in jail, pending judgment on his appeal.
Mr Kalungi, through his lawyers, M/S Ochieng, Harimwomugasho and Co-Advocates, filed an appeal on May 14, this year challenging Makindye Chief Magistrate, Esther Nambayo’s judgment on claims that it was too harsh.

When he appeared at the High Court on Friday for judgment, Mr Kalungi and his co-convict, Mr Ali Omar Alimuzahim, were told that the ruling was not ready and had to be taken back to Luzira.

In the appeal, Kalungi is seeking for acquittal on claims that the sentencing magistrate erred in law, there by arriving at a wrong judgment thus causing a miscarriage of justice.

He also wants court to sentence him to a caution instead of the four years he was given.

Mr Kalungi was in January this year sentenced to four years in Luzira prison by Makindye Chief Magistrate’s court for negligently causing the death of Ms Nebanda by omission while his co-accused, Mr Omar was sentenced to one year in jail over possession of drugs.

The duo had been charged alongside four other people who were later acquitted by the same court.

However, prosecution insists that the convicts in December 2012 unlawfully caused the death of the Ms Nebanda at Kalungi’s home in Buziga, Makindye Division in Kampala.