Adam Suleiman Kalungi, the key suspect in the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda, has made a U-turn and denied the charge of manslaughter.This comes just a day after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and being in possession of narcotic drugs before Makindye Chief Magistrate Ester Nambayo.
Adam Suleiman Kalungi, the key suspect in the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda, has made a U-turn and denied the charge of manslaughter.
This comes just a day after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and being in possession of narcotic drugs before Makindye Chief Magistrate Ester Nambayo.
During his maiden court appearance since his arrest in Kenya on Friday last week, Kalungi pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter, but the trial Chief Magistrate could not record down his plea of guilty since he did not have a lawyer to advise him on the consequences of his plea of guilty.
Manslaughter is causing death of another person unintentionally and it attracts a maximum penalty of life sentence once found guilty.
Today, Kalungi hired three prominent lawyers; Geoffrey Kandebee, Duncan Ondimu and Kania Renato to represent him in court as opposed to Monday’s proposal by the court to get him a lawyer on state brief.
Kalungi also pleaded not guilty to the other two charges of being in possession of narcotic drugs and dispensing them between September and December last year.
Shortly after court, one of his lawyers Ondimu said that on interacting with their client Kalungi, he told them that he was confused when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. His lawyers informed the court that they would not apply for his bail today and that they would do it some other day.
Subsequently, court adjourned the matter to Tuesday January 15, when his other five co-accused will reappear in court from Luzira prison. He was further remanded to Luzira Prison till then.
State prosecutor Samali Wakooli informed the court that Kalungi’s co-accused will also plead to the amended charge sheet next week when they reappear.
The state alleges that Kalungi and five others; including Abid Rashid Butt, Noor Abubakar, Khan Babu Abdul and Ali Omar Almuzahim, who are already remanded at Luzira prison, caused the death of MP Nebanda on December 14, 2012.
It’s further alleged that Kalungi during the period of September to December 2012, had in his possession a class A drug and also dispensed it contrary to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act 1993.
Nebanda died suddenly shortly after Kalungi and his friends brought her to Mukwaya General Clinic in Nsambya, Kampala. On December 23, government released a report indicating that the 24 year old MP died of a drug overdose.