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Minister Nabakooba in Tears as Court of Appeal Rules in Favour of Rival Joyce Bagala

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Mityana District Woman MP Joyce Bagala in an appeal challenging the High Court’s decision to throw her out of Parliament. 

In a ruling by three justices of the Court of Appeal headed by Geofrey Kiryabwire, a judgement by Justice Emmanuel Baguma of the Mubende High Court was set aside, giving Bagala a sigh of relief, but left Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, in tears.

BACKGROUND

Last year, Mubende High Court had nullified the election of Joyce Bagala as Mityana District Woman MP. Justice Baguma had ruled in favour of Nabakooba who lost the January 14 parliamentary election.

According to results released by the Electoral Commission (EC), through Mityana District Returning officer Stephen Makubuya, Bagala of the National Unity Platform (NUP) garnered 64,305 votes, Nabakooba of the NRM 48,078 votes and Brenda Nabaliisa 1,509 votes.

In her petition, Minister Nabakooba argued that the EC had connived with Bagala’s NUP camp to change declaration of results forms, issue pre-ticked ballot papers in favour of Bagala, intimidate NRM voters and orchestrate multiple voting that worked well for the opposition.

Bagala denied all the allegations, claimed she had resisted calls by her agents to bribe voters and that she believed the election was free and fair.

Returning officer Makubuya told court that polling agents had erred by signing  declaration of results forms before closure of voting at some of the polling stations.

In his ruling, Justice Baguma agreed with petitioner that indeed the EC and NUP’s Bagala had engaged in acts of electoral malpractice, including multiple voting and bribing of voters.

Justice Baguma listed some polling stations where there was widespread electoral malpractice as: King Faisal (ND-Z), Kiyinda A (A-M), Kiganwa Primary School, Kawoko Playground, Mityana A Kanamba, Busimbi Gombolola area (A-Nak), Nandegejja, Primary School, Comprehensive SS Campus, Kiyinda B (Nak-Z), Busimbi Railway (A-M) and Busimbi/Kasimbi (A-M).

In the end, court set aside Bagala’s election and directed the EC to conduct a by-election for the Mityana District Woman MP. Baguma also awarded the petitioner (Nabakooba) the costs of the petition.

But the Court of Appeal has now set aside Justice Baguma’s ruling, upholding Nabakooba as the duly elected Mityana District Woman MP.

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