KAMPALA: Police have summoned NRM Vice chairperson for Buganda Godfrey Kiwanda, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi and Mzee Nathan Okori and several others in regard to claims that the former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah was poisoned.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the group will report to the CID headquarters on dates to be communicated in regard to charges of offensive communication.
“We are summoning all those other people. These will include legislators, and politicians like Hon. Kyagulanyi and Mzee Nathan Okori. We want them to provide us with evidence of that other cause of death,” Mr Enanga said during the week police press briefing at Naguru, Kampala, on Monday, 11 April 2022.
“From the medical records we have obtained, there was no presence of poison in his (Oulanyah’s) blood system. We want them to provide us with a chain of evidence regarding the poisoning as they allege. The file of offensive communication is ongoing at CID headquarters in Kibuli,” he added.
According to Enanga, the cause of Oulanyah’s was reported as multiple organ failure.
“From all the hospitals he went to, there was no poison detected. Any other cause of death is dangerous speculation and must be avoided,” he warned.
Mr Okori had at the burial ceremony on Friday, said: “…Jacob Oulanyah was poisoned. He told me. And he was operated on, doctors attempted to deal with the poison. The poison affected his health so badly…he was not in a position to recover. He was too weak.”
At the weekend, Mr Kiwanda told journalists: “In 2021 when he was too sick, he called me home and I asked ‘what is the problem, Jacob? What is going on?’ He said, ‘I think I was poisoned.’
“I said ‘But from where?’ and he said ‘I don’t know.’ But he told me ‘don’t tell anyone.’ I said ‘if you are sick, why don’t we share it so that you get medical attention?” Of course, I couldn’t keep quiet so I shared with some people. This allegation [of poisoning] was from him [Oulanyha]. It didn’t originate from the father because he even told it to me,” Mr Kiwanda added.
Mr Kyagulanyi yesterday called on the government to expedite investigations into the alleged poisoning of former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.
“I went there to pay tribute to the late Jacob but also condole with the family. I did not want to sound insensitive to him but his message of poisoning his son has been loud and clear, so we ask that let the investigations be done faster,” Bobi Wine said yesterday.