Panadol retains Iganga MP seat

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Panadol celebrates with his supporters

The ruling NRM candidate Peter Mugema aka Panadol has won an appeal against a ruling by the Jinja High Court that nullified his election as MP for Iganga Municipality.

The lower court had declared Nasser Abeid Mudyobole as the duly elected MP citing voter bribery.

‏Panadol was thrown out of parliament by Justice Margaret Mutonyi in June 2016 after Mudiobole filed a petition saying the election had been marred with irregularities, including bribery and ballot stuffing.

Justice Mutonyi said organising fresh elections would come at a cost to the Electoral Commission and amount to a waste of taxpayers’ money hence declaring Mudiobole of the FDC party as the rightful MP.

Mugema rushed to Court of Appeal protesting the ruling. On Thursday morning, he won the appeal in the company of Kampala MP Muhammad Nsereko.

Three Justices including former Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, Catherine Bamugemereire, and Cheborion Barishaki, in their ruling, said there was no evidence linking Panadol to the alleged bribery.

FDC failed to produce sufficient evidence to prove that a one Ngobi Yasin and Waibi Siraje bribed voters on behalf of Panadol.

Panadol allegedly donated Shs300,000 at the CrossOver prayer on 31 December 2016  in Iganga, but court found no proof that the said offertory qualified to be a bribe.

The FDC candidate has been ordered to pay Panadol all the money he incurred in defending his victory both in the High court and Court of Appeal.

Panadol’s supporters who were waiting outside court, burst into victory chants and led a celebratory procession.

In 2011, Panadol lost to Mudiobole in the High Court but later triumphed in the Court of Appeal in Kampala.

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