Lwengo, Kooki MPs Thrown Out of Parliament

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Masaka High Court judge Margaret Tibulya nullified the election of the two legislators for lack of required academic qualifications and election fraud respectively.

Two more members of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party have been thrown out of parliament.

They include Lwengo woman Member of Parliament Cissy Namujju and Boaz Kasirabo, the Member of Parliament for Kooki County.

Masaka High Court judge Margaret Tibulya nullified the election of the two legislators for lack of required academic qualifications and election fraud respectively.

Namujju's fate is based on a petition filed by Martin Kizito Sserwanga, a concerned voter in Lwengo challenging her election on grounds that she lacked the requisite academic qualifications to contest for the parliamentary seat.  MPs are required to have an A-level certificate or its equivalent.

Sserwanga contended that the documents submitted by Namujju to the Electoral Commission during her nomination were forged.  He stated that Namujju dropped out of school before completing primary education but forged both the O-level and A-level certificate to contest for the parliamentary seat.

Today, presiding Judge Margaret Tibulya found Namujju guilty of forgery and uttering false documents and directed the electoral commission to conduct fresh elections in Lwengo.

Namujju defeated independent candidates Sarah Nkonge Muwonge and Democratic Party's Rose Nantongo to secure the Lwengo district Woman MP Seat in the 2016 elections.

In a related development, the justice Tibulya nullified the election of Boaz Kasirabo, the Member of Parliament for Kooki County in Rakai district.

David Mpuuga, the loser in the disputed election petitioned Masaka High Court challenging Kasirabo's victory over alleged election fraud. He said that Kasirabo used armed forces to intimidate his agents and was involved in electoral malpractice.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.