Court Rejects Shs 300,000 Church Bribe Claim, Upholds ‘Panadol’ Mugema Iganga Victory
Peter Mugema aka Panadol of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) ran to the Court of appeal after the High Court had nullified his election.
In June 2016, Justice Margaret Mutonyi threw out Panadol after FDC’s Nasser Abedi Mudiobole won an election case he had filed.
COURT OF APPEAL RULING ON PETER MUGEMA PANADOL
But three justices of the Court of Appeal — former deputy chief justice Steven Kavuma, Cheborion Barisaki and Catherine Bamugemereire, ruled in Mugema Panadol’s favour.
Deputy registrar Esther Nambayo read the three judges’ ruling.
“There was no evidence of relationship between Yasin Ngobi and the appellant [Mugema] who was found bribing voters,” read part of the judgement.
The Jinja High Court had relied on Mudiobole’s claim that Mugema had bribed voters.
Mudiobole had claimed that Mugema Panadol had sent the bribe of Shs 300,000 to a church through Ngobi.
“We have not found evidence to prove that despite being a party chairman,he was bound to be working for the appellant,” ruled the judges.
“We find no evidence that Waibi was an agent and acted on instructions of the appellant and recieved shs300,00 to be offered in church.”
And the court finally made a declaration: “We order that there was no justification for declaring Mudyobole as the Member of Parliament for Iganga Municipality.”