Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze has been released by Police after over a week of incarceration.
Nambooze, who was held at her sick bed at Kiruddu hospital, faces charges of offensive communication over comments she made in relation to the assassination of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga. The legislator was gunned down close to three weeks ago near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso district together with his brother Saidi Butele Kongo.
There has been growing concern from medics and the general public that her continued detention was jeopardizing her health. Nambooze’s medical report indicates that she had suffered spinal cord compression and had undergone posterior lumbar decompression and fusion, a surgical procedure that joins two or more bones together into one solid bone.
She earlier said that she had been scheduled for medical review Manipal Spine Care Centre in India on June 15. but her travel plans were thwarted when she was arrested.
Early this week Police denied knowledge of any medical referral given to Betty Nambooze to undergo further treatment in India. Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said that the police was awaiting a communication from Mulago National Referral on the next step.
She has now been released on bond and urged to abide by the conditions of the release. Upon her treatment, Nambooze is tasked to appear before the commissioner Homicide department at Kibuli on July 29.
A copy of the bond letter dated June 27 indicates that Nambooze will continue to attend to the calls by Police of which acting contrary would cost her an unspecified sum of money of cash.
Nambooze was first injured during a fracas at Parliament on September 27, triggered by controversies on a proposal to remove the cap on the presidential age from the constitution. During the time, security personnel reportedly attached to the Special Forces Command invaded parliament, to evict a group of legislators who had been suspended by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
A referral letter signed by Dr Waiswa Gonzaga, an orthopaedic surgeon from the National Referral Hospital in Mulago indicates that Nambooze complains of severe low back pain that has progressively increased over the past few weeks.
Research indicates that Spinal compression constitutes a true emergency because the initial injury to the spinal cord will lead to permanent loss of neurological function if the pressure on the cord is not relieved quickly.