MP Otto Wants Challenger Arrested over Court Costs

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In short
Otto accuses Kidega of failing to clear costs arising out of an electoral petition he filed after the 2011 general election. Kidega contested together with Odonga Otto for the Aruu County parliamentary seat. Otto was declared winner of the contest after polling 14,216 votes against Kidegas 12,653.

Aruu South Member of Parliament Samuel Odonga Otto is pressing for the arrest of James Nabinson Kidega, the former Resident District Commissioner for Amuru over unpaid court costs. 

Otto accuses Kidega of failing to clear costs arising out of an electoral petition he filed after the 2011 general election. Kidega contested together with Odonga Otto for the Aruu County parliamentary seat. Otto was declared winner of the contest after polling 14,216 votes against Kidega's 12,653.

However, Kidega filed an application for a recount of votes at Kitgum Chief Magistrate's court. The application was dismissed with costs.  Subsequently, Kidega, still being dissatisfied with the final outcome of the results, filed another petition in the High Court.

He argued that the election was not conducted in compliance with the provisions and principles of the Constitution, the Electoral Commission Act and the Parliamentary Elections Act. But presiding judge Rubby Apio Aweri dismissed the petition with costs on account that Kidega had failed to prove his case to the satisfaction of court.

Kidega was expected to pay a total of 37.44 million Shillings to Odonga Otto as costs for the petition.

However Otto says the money has never been paid todate. He instead accuses Aswa Regional Police Commander Wilson Kwanya of frustrating his efforts to recover the money by declining to sign a court order which was dully endorsed by the District Police Commander Martin Okoyo. 
 
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The court order which would have Kidega arrested over the debt was secured on May 3, 2015 by Aciro T/A court bailiff and auctioneers from Gulu high court.
 
But Kwanya said the legal team of the police force advised them against endorsing the court order since there was vivid evidence of receipts proving that Kidega had paid about 35 million of the total costs through the High Court registrar's account by December 30, 2015.
 
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Kidega says Otto just wants to intimidate him because he is now representing his challenger in the 2016 parliamentary race Lucy Aciro, with whom they contested for the Aruu North Parliamentary seat. 

Kidega lost to Lucy Achiro Otim, an independent candidate in the February, 18 election with a difference of two votes. She polled 8,599 votes against Kidega's 8,597, according to results released by the Electoral Commission.

The case is now in court.