Mourners turn rowdy at MP Nebanda's burial
25th, December 2012
Third Deputy Prime Minister and deputy leader of Government business General Moses Ali had just said a few words at the funeral when all hell broke loose.
He was forced back to his seat but when the situation got out of control, the third deputy Prime Minister was whisked away to his car amidst tight security led by senior police officers.
Some of the already charged and angry mourners also threw away membership cards of the ruling NRM party. Butaleja is an NRM stronghold and the deceased district Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda was an NRM legislator. But she became controversial and was labeled rebel NRM MP for often expressing views contrary to the official party position. It was for this that there is lingering suspicion that Nebanda could have been poisoned.
Part of Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga's speech was also disrupted by the rowdy mourners. Kadaga disputed a preliminary government toxicology report released on Saturday evening showing that traces of alcohol and several narcotics were found in the deceased MP's body.
Fellow MPs, who were involved in the botched independent investigation into the death, also rejected the government report, a result of further tests on the MP's body samples in a London laboratory.
Earlier, during the requiem service held at the Butaleja district administration office grounds, the mother of the deceased also rubbished the preliminary findings into Nebanda's death.
Cerinah Nebanda suddenly passed away on 14th December under mysterious circumstances and the days following her death have been marred by controversy.
Nebanda was finally laid to rest at 6:00pm, without any ceremony by religious leaders at the graveside. The clerics had fled in the ensuing chaos.