Makindye Chief Magistrates Court has today ruled that Adam Kalungi, the prime suspect in the death of former Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda, has a case to answer and should defend himself to that effect.
Chief Magistrate Estar Nambayo in her ruling held that basing on the prosecution evidence of 21 witnesses; a prema facie case has been established warranting Mr Kalungi to defend himself.
Court also ruled that Kalungi’s co-accused; Mr Noor Abubakar, Mr Khan Babu, Mr Abdul Abid Rashid Butt, Ms Fatuma Babu, and Mr Ali Omar Almuzahim also have a case to answer.
In consultation with both state and defense lawyers, Magistrate Nambayo fixed November 25-28 as dates for the accused persons to defend themselves before a judgment can be delivered to decide whether they are guilty or not.
The suspects face charges of manslaughter, and two counts of being in possession of narcotic drugs contrary to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act that they allegedly supplied to the late MP that she consumed leading to her death.
According to the charge sheet, the prosecution alleges that Mr Kalungi along with his five co-accused, on December, 14, last year in Buziga, Makindye Division in Kampala, unlawfully caused the death of MP Nebanda. They deny the charges.
Prosecution further alleges that the late law maker was in the company of Mr Kalungi at his house in Buziga, Kampala moments before she died.
Mr Kalungi who has been on remand since he was charged January this year, was further remanded to Luzira prison and his co-accused who are out on bail, had their bail extended.
He has on several occasions applied to be released on bail but in vain as court has always held that there is a high chance of him escaping and not attending the case.