Health & Fitness

Nambooze chokes on bills, wants Nebanda death probed afresh


Nambooze addressing press

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze returned last night from South Africa where she underwent a successful surgery.

Nambooze flew to South Africa last week after she developed stomach pains.

On her return, Nambooze who was flanked by her husband Henry Bakireke, addressed press at Sienna Hotel Entebbe where she asked that parliament covers her medical bills.

Nambooze whose bill is now Sh25m, further accused the Medical Board of delaying clearance for her medical cover.

She asked government to boost the health sector so people don’t have to run abroad every time they get sick.

Nambooze also asked authorities that investigate the increased poisoning of politicians in the country.


“For my case, it is God who has given me another chance. But some would have said I was killed by alcohol on the evening I got sick.”

Nambooze  said the poison affected her eyes, intestines and pancreas.

Probe Nebanda death

She urged parliament to further probe the death of politicians like Cerinah Nabanda who was also reported poisoned.

At 24 and only one-and-a-half years into her first term as an MP at the time of her death on December 14, 2012, Nebanda had brought to the House a rare fearlessness and asked inconvenient questions of those in power despite being a member of the ruling party.

Cerinah Nebanda (1988 – 2012) was a member of the parliament of Uganda, representing the Butaleja District Women’s Constituency.

Her death sparked political controversy.

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.

At Nebanda’s funeral, however, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga rejected this report.

President Yoweri Museveni denied that the National Resistance Movement, the political party to which he and the late Nebanda belonged to, had killed her.

The Observer newspaper reported that some Ugandan members of parliament (MPs) 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”.

Among those arrested were two MPs, one of whom was Mohamed Nsereko.

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