Panadol Mugema retains his seat in Parliament

The Court of Appeal in Kampala has confirmed NRM’s Peter Mugema also known as Panadol as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Iganga Municipality constituency.

In the 2016 general elections, Mugema was declared winner prompting the FDC candidate to petition against the election in the Jinja High Court which later overturned the results and declared the petitioner, Abed Nasser Mudyobole the duly elected MP for Iganga Municipality.

This after Mudyobole convinced court that Mugema bribed voters. Mugema later appealed against the High Court’s decision.

Today, the Court of Appeal panel of three judges including the former Deputy chief justice Steven Kavuma, Cheborion Barisaki and Catherine Bamugemereire in a ruling read by the Deputy registrar Esther Nambayo said it was wrong for the lower court to overturn the election of Mugema.

In his evidence, Mudyobole accused Mugema through one Waibi of having given shs300, 000 as donation to a church and the Jinja High Court said this was a form of bribery.

However, in its ruling, the Court of Appeal said there was no evidence that Waibi who had not supported Mugema in the party primaries was now working for him.

There court declared that Mugema was the duly elected MP for Iganga Municipality. The court has ordered Mudyobole to pay costs incurred by Mugema in the case.

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