Mulago doctor accuses police over Nebanda death

Cerinah Nebanda,

The late Cerinah Nebanda

Mulago National Referral Hospital pathologist has accused police of unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution over the late Butaleja District Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda’s body parts.

Dr Sylvester Onzivua, one of the medical doctors who carried out the autopsy of Nebanda told court in Kampala, Uganda’s capital that rivalry with the director of medical services in the Uganda Police Force Dr Moses Byaruhanga, led to his ‘unlawful’ criminal prosecution.

In December 2012, shortly after the death of MP Nebanda, Dr Onzivua was intercepted by police at Entebbe International airport while he attempted to take Nebanda’s body samples to South Africa for an independent autopsy.

He was further detained at Kireka’s Special Investigations Unit before being arraigned at Buganda Road Court and charged with abuse of office and having unlawfully taken away Nebanda’s body samples without clearance.

According to Dr Onzivua, when MP Nebanda died mysteriously, he was contacted by a team of lawmakers led by the current junior health minister, Chris Baryomunsi, to carry out a post-mortem independently.

He was prosecuted but later cleared by court which found him innocent.

Dr Onzivua was testifying in a case where he is seeking millions in compensation for unlawful arrest by the police and malicious prosecution over the late Nebanda’s case.

He told court that his malicious prosecution has had a negative impact on his private life and profession as a doctor which includes lose of a fully paid scholarship to study forensics in Australia worth more than 100,000 Australian dollars.

He also told court he has spent more than Shs53 million to hire lawyers, which he wants the government to compensate him.

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