The family of the former Butaleja District Woman MP, the late Cerinah Nebanda have threatened to drag former Junior Minister for Information and Communications Technology, Hon Aidah Nantaba to court, for allegedly making false statements about the family in Parliament earlier this week.
The Late Nantaba’s mother, Mrs Alice Namulwa Mukasa accuses the former Minister of falsely claiming that she had approached to her, concerned about her own safety.
Nantaba, who is also the Kayunga district woman MP while speaking on the floor of the house, claimed that last year, she was reached by the Late Nebanda’s mother Mrs Namulwa, who told her that the people who killed her daughter were planning to kill her (Nantaba).
The former Minister says she immediately ran and reported the matter to the District Police Commanders of Nagalama and Kayunga who promised to work on her issue.
However, she said, she was perplexed when the Kayunga DPC was instantly transferred.
“It was on a Sunday morning; he had no letter of postage to the next station but he had been told to vacate office that morning at 9:30. I asked him what the reasons were he couldn’t give me the reasons,” she said
Nantaba’s remarks in parliament however, are being described by Namulwa as “baseless and criminal.”
In a letter addressed to the former Minister, Mrs. Namulwa demanded that she immediately retracts the comments both in the media and on the floor of the house, or risk being dragged to courts of law.
The Late Nebanda’s mother says in the letter that she has never spoken to, or had any connections with Hon Nantaba.
She also described Nantaba’s remarks as “immature political gimmicks” that are aimed at driving a wedge between her family and government.
“I have already instructed my family lawyers to without any further delay take the necessary legal action against you at your own peril and embarrassment,” she said.
Mr Nuer Higenyi, one of the late Nebanda’s uncles told ChimpReports that the family members intend to hand-deliver this letter to Hon Nantaba herself today Thursday.
Our efforts to reach out to the former minister were fruitless.
It should however, be noted that Members of Parliament cannot be legally held accountable for any utterances they make while on the floor of parliament.
Chapter 258 of the Parliament (Powers And Privileges) Act states that “No civil or criminal proceedings may be instituted against any member for words spoken before, or written in a report to, Parliament or to a committee, or by reason of any matter or thing brought by the member in Parliament or a committee by petition, bill, motion or otherwise.”