The former Vice President of Uganda, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, has been pinned to voter bribery in the February general elections.
Bukenya’s alleged election malpractices, came to light on Tuesday, when his former campaign agent told court that the former Vice president used money to buy his election into the Busiro North Parliamentary seat.
Rogers Lule, formerly a campaign agent for Bukenya’s rival Kasta Hussein, told court that he witnessed several occasions when the former VP would personally dish out money to voters asking for their vote.
Lule cited an incident in Namayumba sub-county in Kakiri, when Bukenya allegedly dished out four million shillings to Boda Boda riders and also gave 100,000 shilling to each of the 53 Local council chairmen to transport voters to polling stations.
Lule told court that Bukenya promised him a job after the election, but then turned around and asked him to wait till the case is disposed off.
Lule was testifying in a case in which Bukenya’s rival Kasta Husseing petition court seeking to annul Bukenya’s election on grounds that it was fraught with massive election irregularities ranging from voter buying to rigging.
Kasta lost his election bid to Bukenya after polling 4,953 votes against Bukenya’s 17, 352 votes.
Kasta is also suing the Electoral Commission for declaring Bukenya as winner, despite the irregularities that plagued the election. He accuses the Electoral commission, of ommiting his name on the ballot paper and instead wrote Katya and not Kasta Hussein Bukenya, which he says confused his supporters.
Hearing of the case continues tomorrow.
prof. gilbert bukenya
high court judge kibuka musoke