Two More MPs Lose Seats in Parliament

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The High court in Kampala has annulled the election of Nakate on grounds of voter bribery and not complying with electoral laws. Democratic Partys Brenda Nabukenya dragged Nakate and Electoral Commission to court, claiming that the elections were not conducted in a free and fair manner.

Two more Members of Parliament have joined a growing list of legislators who have lost their seats.
 
Luwero Woman MP Lillian Nakate Ssegujja and Iganga Municipality MP Peter Mugema  are the latest casualties of court annulment of  the February 18 election results.
 
The High court in Kampala has annulled the election of Nakate on grounds of voter bribery and not complying with electoral laws. Democratic Party's Brenda Nabukenya dragged  Nakate and Electoral Commission to court, claiming that the elections were not conducted in a free and fair manner.

Presiding Judge David  Batema found Nakate guilty of bribing voters at Vvumba village in Butuntumula sub-county with 100,000 Shillings which she gave to a savings group during campaigns.

Batema also blamed the Electoral Commission for failing in its duty to oversee a peaceful election when hooligans intimidated presiding officers and took over polling stations.

He has ordered the EC to organize fresh elections and pay costs to Nabukenya, who filed the petition.

Meanwhile, Jinja High Court presiding judge, Margaret Mutonyi also nullified the election of Iganga Municipality MP, Peter Mugema Panadol. Justice Mutonyi ruled that Mugema was involved in bribery and ballot stuffing.
 
Court learnt that Mugema distributed sugar, salt and soap among other items to the electorate, an act that tantamount to bribery.
 
This brings to five, the number of MPs whose elections have been nullified.

Others include Isaac Mulindwa Lugazi Municipality MP, Peter Ssematimba Busiro South MP and Lucy Aciro, the Member of parliament for Aruu North constituency.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.