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    NUP’s Bagala Defeats Minister Nabakooba – Court Confirms Her As The Duly Elected Mityana Woman MP…

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    MP Joyce Bagala (L) and Minister Nabakooba (R)

    Court of Appeal has confirmed Joyce Bagala of National Unity Platforms (NUP) as the Woman Member of Parliament for Mityana.

    Bagala garnered 64,633 votes throwing out Nabakooba who scooped 48,322 votes in the January 2021 elections.

    However, Bagala’s election was challenged by the Minister of Lands and on 22nd October, 2021, Mityana High Court ruled in favor of Nabakooba and ordered for fresh elections on grounds of bribery and intimidation of Nabakooba’s agents.

    Justice Emmanuel Baguma ruled that he found enough evidence Nabakooba’s petition to prove that Bagala through her Agents, with her knowledge and consent or approval committed the electoral offence of bribery.

    Bagala, through her lawyers of Lukwago and Co. Advocates quickly rushed to the Court of Appeal to challenge the Mityana High Court decision.

    Today, after being declared winner, a joyous Bagala told the press that she hopes that Nabakooba is calm and knows that she was defeated fair and square.

    “I have been telling you we won this election, and after winning the election, someone petitioned and said we come to court, we came and I have again defeated that person,” the former NBS TV news anchor said.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    NUP Regrets Submitting Candidate For Busongora South By-election; Dissatisfied With Results…

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    NRM's Thembo Gideon Mujungu the winner of Busongora South Constituency by-election

    National Unity Platform (NUP) has regretted submitting a candidate for the Busongora South Constituency by-election following allegations of high level of vote rigging in Kasese district.

    According to NUP General Secretary Lewis Rubongoya, everywhere they went, the people of Kasese told them that they had never seen what happened yesterday during the by-election.

    Busongora South by-election took place yesterday in Kasese and NRM’s Thembo Gideon Mujungu, was the winner with 12088 votes, Mulindwa David (Independent) garnered 2093 votes, National Unity Platform’s (NUP) Mbaju Jackson garnered 6866 votes, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Kighem Alozious garnered 5564 votes, Izagiira Doreen (Independent) garnered 32 votes and Democratic Party (DP)’s Businge Benadet garnered 84 votes.

    Following the release of the results, Rubongoya revealed that each of the ten sub-counties was under the command of a Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and District Police Chief (DPC).

    “The role of the RDC was to rig, and the role of the DPC was to arrest anyone who dared complain about the rigging,” he said.

    He added, “After the blatant thuggery in Soroti, we even wondered whether it made sense to participate in Kasese and other local government by-elections. However, we had already identified and declared candidates. It became difficult to convince them this is how their elections would go.”

    Rubongoya divulged that during the by-election, military took positions around polling stations and their role was not only to intimidate but to also directly participate in multiple voting and ballot stuffing.

    “We found out that the register had been tampered with, to include so many people who do not ordinarily vote from the area.”

    Rubongoya contended that the by-elections have been costly in terms of time, resources, but most importantly some of the lives they have lost and those who have sustained injuries.

    He propounded, “However, I am glad that all parts of the country have been able to clearly see the reality in our country during these by-elections.

    “It started in Buganda (Kayunga), then North (Omoro), then East (Soroti) and now the West (Kasese). Pallisa and Kisoro weren’t any better. When the people of Uganda resort to other means to reclaim their democratic rights, no one will be in doubt about the justification.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    City Lawyer Ask Court To Halt Shs195m Criminal Trial Against Him Citing Malice…

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    City Lawyer Felix Nteza

    Celebrated City Lawyer Felix Kintu Nteza has asked Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court to put on hold a Shs.195m criminal trial against him citing malice.

    In his application to stay the proceedings, Nteza claims that he was neither the seller nor did he receive any money from the complainant, in the 2013 land transaction, which resulted in fraud charges against him.

    He says he only signed as a witness.

    He asserts that after the sale transaction in 2013, disputes arose between the purchaser Interlink Educational Services Limited and the seller Eva Nannozi and her 12 siblings leading to filing of a case in the High Court, Land Division.

    Interlink Educational Services Limited decided to seek for a refund of Shs.195m and  the case is yet to be concluded.

    According to the application, eight years after the purchase transaction, the complainant demanded that Nteza pays back the said money and then pursue his clients for a refund.

    Nteza maintains that, “Whatever I did in regard to the transaction was done in my capacity as an advocate acting for a known and disclosed client. I therefore rejected demands that I refund the money.”

    He maintains the charges against him are meant to embarrass and exert pressure on him with a view of influencing the civil case already filed in regard to same matter which constitutes an abuse of the due process of the law because the facts therein are similar to those of an already pending case before the Land Division since 2014.

    Court documents show that Nteza of Kintu Nteza and Company Advocates is charged with obtaining money by false pretense from Interlink Education Services Limited.

    Nteza contends that the issue of liability and or refund of Shs195m for which he is charged of having obtained by false pretense from Interlink Educational Services is in advanced stages of hearing and final determination.

    If the criminal case before the magistrates’ court is halted, Nteza states that the case in the High Court shall conclusively determine the issue on who obtained the money and who should refund the Shs.195m .

    Through his lawyers, Nteza contends that the criminal charges are based on facts that are similar to a civil case filed in 2014 which is still pending final determination before the Land Division, for which he is a party.

    Court documents show that in August 2013, Interlink Educational Services Limited purchased land from family members at Gimbo in Wakiso District at Shs195m and Nteza was a witness.

    In a sworn statement, Mr. Nteza states that he signed as a witness in the sale agreement for the land and that he offered professional services to the sellers in his capacity as a lawyer.

    However, in a separate interview, Nteza said that the cases against him are backed by a land broker who is fighting him for representing people in land fraud cases.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Primary Four Pupil Drags Umeme To Court Over Negligence, Asks For Shs.200m…

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    Christine Kizza, a primary four pupil has dragged Umeme Limited, the electricity distributor to Fort Portal High Court seeking for Shs.200m over negligence.

    In her suit through her next of kin, Richard Amanya, Christine claims that on August 18th 2021, she was electrocuted and got serious damages to her body.

    Amanya told Court that Christine unknowingly stepped on live electric wires which had fallen on the footpath due to a worn-out pole.

    He explained that by the time Christine stepped on the electric wires, she was from collecting elephant grass for their cattle.

    She was rushed to Rugombe Medical Centre for first aid before she was admitted to Buhinga hospital in Kyenjojo district.

    Amanya further revealed that three of the complainant’s fingers were amputated due to negligence from Umeme and their failure to properly maintain, supervise, inspect and replace worn-out electrical poles.

    He insisted that Umeme is supposed to switch off power when electrical poles fall in public places to prevent people from being electrocuted which they did not do.

    However, in their defense, Umeme denied all the allegations claiming that they are not liable for the plaintiff’s electrocution.

    The company told Court that they were not notified by the community about the fallen electric pole.

    Umeme added that the company was not responsible for the fallen electric pole claiming that there was a third party who cut the electric pole and it is not true that the electric pole was in bad condition.

    Umeme accused the plaintiff of being negligent by moving without observing her movement which resulted in her stepping on the electric wires.

    Umeme pleaded to Court to dismiss the matter with costs.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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