Court of Appeal Nullifies Election of Kagoma MP
The Court of Appeal in Kampala has nullified the election of Kagoma County MP, Moses Walyomu.
It has also ordered that the Electoral Commission conducts fresh elections.
A panel of three judges, Justices Fredrick Engonda -Ntende, Paul Mugamba and Alfonse Owiny-Dollo gave the ruling on March 9, 2017, after overturning a decision by the Jinja High Court that had thrown out evidence tendered in against Walyomu on grounds of voter bribery.
Alex Brandon Kintu, who stood against Walyomu in the 2016 parliamentary elections, challenged his election in the Court of Appeal, after his petition was dismissed by Jinja High Court judge Namundi Godfrey.
However, the Court of Appeal ruled that the evidence tendered in by Kintu, pinning Walyomu of acts of bribery on Hanuary 3, 2016, where he gave voters at Mawoito mosque with Shs 500,000 was valid.
Walyomu’s lawyers, Ochieng Evans and Tebyasa Ambrose are also in trouble, after the judges ordered that the judgement of the petition is given to the Law Council to take disciplinary action against them for un-professionalism in their line of duty.
Walyomu becomes the third MP to be kicked out of Parliament, after the court of Appeal also kicked out Aruu North MP, Kamuli Municipality over gross electoral misconduct and lack of academic papers respectively.