Uganda: Woman Sues MP for Poison Attack

Kampala — Kanungu District Woman Member of Parliament Elizabeth Karungi has been sued for allegedly masterminding the poisoning of a female Parliamentary staff in mistaken target, she suspected of having an affair with her husband.

The victim, Ms Donna Kamuli, filed the civil suit against the MP in the High Court in Kampala yesterday.

In the particulars of the suit, Ms Kamuli states that MP Karungi later apologised to her that her target was a different woman called Sophie Nassuuna whom her husband was allegedly having an affair with and would pick her from Muheki Hostel in Kikoni suburb every morning.

Both Ms Kamuli and Nassuuna are light-skinned and worked together at Parliament at the time of the poisoning. Nassuuna was an intern at that time.

Ms Kamuli further states that the MP regretted to her that she had realised how an innocent person can be killed in mistaken identity.

“The plaintiff’s (Ms Kamuli) cause of action is for damages, compensatory and punitive arising from the defendant’s (MP Karungi) deliberate poisoning of the plaintiff and costs of the suit,” the statement of the plaint in court reads in part.

The meeting

Ms Kamuli states that on September 1, between 3pm and 4pm, MP Karungi, through an agent who acted for her and on her instructions, administered poison through a packed water bottle.

Ms Kamuli suspects the poison was introduced into the water bottle through the bottle cork, which was found spiked.

She is demanding damages, saying she has had to seek specialised treatment for the poison at Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi-Kenya, which has in turn referred her to South Africa for further examination and medical care. Narrating how it all started, Ms Kamuli states that on August 31, at about 7:02pm, MP Karungi called her by telephone to suggest that they meet, but she promised to call the MP back because she was at a party.

Ms Kamuli further states that the following morning, the MP called again. This time Kamuli demanded to know who was calling her and Ms Karungi introduced herself as Kanungu District Woman MP and that she had something personal to discuss with her.

According to the documents in court, the MP suggested to come to Kamuli’s home. However Ms Kamuli declined and proposed that they meet at Parliament at 2pm.

“The plaintiff (Ms Kamuli), when it came to 3pm, she called the defendant (MP) to remind her about her appointment, the defendant said she had people to drop in Najjera. The defendant (MP) asked the plaintiff if there was a restaurant at Parliamentary Avenue where they could meet. The plaintiff told her of Café Pap,” Ms Kamuli states in the civil suit.

She adds that within 20 minutes, the MP called again to say she was at Café Pap and that they could meet there.

Ms Kamuli drove to Café Pap. Upon meeting the MP, the two exchanged pleasantries and that Ms Karungi offered to buy for her something and Kamuli chose to take water.

“It took about 15 minutes for the water to be served. The water was served in a glass in which half of the bottle was poured by the waiter,” Ms Kamuli avers.

It’s at this point that the MP started confiding in Ms Kamuli how her husband had become unfaithful to her as she encouraged her to drink the water. She continued telling her that her husband drives this brown girl in her car from Kikoni to Parliament every day. That the girl her husband drives is brown and sits at the reception at Parliament,” the court documents read in part.

“The plaintiff told her that the girl was a classmate with her husband and was an intern at Parliament and that her husband was merely helping her to give her a lift every morning because he was an intern at Parliament,” the court documents say.

As the conversation progressed, it’s alleged that MP Karungi, who was still encouraging Ms Kamuli to continue with her drink, revealed to her that she had paid a deposit of Shs20m to assassins with a balance of Shs60m to kill the brown girl.

Ms Kamuli says she got shocked and froze and couldn’t drink the water anymore. She says at this time, she had drunk half of the water.


Upon regaining her composure, Ms Kamuli says she told the MP that she was not a young girl as she was mature with her first born being 14 years old and that her husband had never driven her in his car.

“The plaintiff (Ms Kamuli) showed the defendant (MP Karungi) photos including her estranged husband. The defendant’s (MP) body language showed shock and regret though she couldn’t say. With hindsight, the plaintiff (Ms Kamuli) was able to discern that the defendant’s reaction was due to the defendant’s finding out that the plaintiff was the wrong target,” the suit file says.

Ms Kamuli avers that as they walked out of the restaurant, she asked Karungi why she decided to have a physical meeting with her yet she could have just called her by telephone.

Kamuli adds that at that time, the pain in her stomach had intensified to the level of labour pains. She says she immediately telephoned the police commandant at Parliament who asked her to put the mineral water upside down and that indeed the top pack was leaking after it was spiked.

The MP’s response

In response, according to the court record, the MP said the people she had hired to kill Kamuli brought her a picture which she realised was of a person who worked at Parliament. Kamuli says Karungi told her that’s the reason she decided not to kill her but to have a ‘woman to woman’ meeting and warn her.


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Publish date : 2018-10-30 11:53:48

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