Drs. Onzivua, Baryomunsi Cleared in Nebanda Trial

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Dr. Onzivua had been jointly charged with Kinkizi East Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Chris Baryomunsi for conspiring together to obtain Cerinah Nebanda's body samples. The Butaleja MP died suddenly in yet to be fully explained circumstances in December 2012.

Senior Mulago Hospital pathologist Dr. Sylvester Onzivua has broken down and cried uncontrollably after Buganda Road Court cleared him of two counts including unlawfully obtaining the body samples of the now deceased Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda with an intent to fly them to South Africa for further examination.
 
Dr. Onzivua had been jointly charged with Kinkizi East Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Chris Baryomunsi for conspiring together to obtain the alleged body samples.
 
Chief Magistrate Olive Kazarwe ruled that Dr. Onzivua and Baryomunsi have no case to answer before Court since their actions do not constitute any offences as they were done in broad daylight, documented and facilitated by taxpayers’ money.
 
She added that no reasonable tribunal would convict the two given the prosecution evidence of eight witnesses on record. She subsequently discharged the two doctors.
 
Doctors Onzivua and Baryomunsi have been on trial for nine months for the said offences which they were said to have committed in December 2012 immediately after the untimely death of the youthful MP.
 
Speaking to the press after the ruling, the doctors insisted that they still want an explanation from the state and police on what killed the vibrant and outspoken MP. The doctors also say that they will seek compensation from the state for malicious prosecution.