Court Nullifies Election of Luweero Woman MP

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Justice Benjamin Kabiito has nullified the election of Rebecca Nalwanga as Luweero district woman Member of Parliament.

Justice Benjamin Kabiito has nullified the election of Rebecca Nalwanga as Luweero district woman Member of Parliament. Kabiito annulled the election today in his ruling on an election petition filed by Elizabeth Lugudde Nabatanzi challenging the election of Nalwanga. Nabatanzi contested the Luweero Woman MP seat amongst five other contenders but lost to Nalwanga. She rejected the poll results and dragged Nalwanga to court accusing her of electoral malpractice, lack of the minimum academic qualifications and conniving with electoral commission to rob her victory.

Delivering his ruling, justice Kabiito said court found no evidence showing that there was conspiracy between Nalwanga and Electoral Commission. On education, Justice Kabiito said there was no evidence showing that Nalwanga didn’t meet the minimum advanced level education requirement. He however found Nalwanga guilty of voter bribery when she dished out shillings 50,000 for repairing a community borehole at Kiwumpa village during the campaign period.
Justice Kabiito argued that as an incumbent MP Nalwanga was fully aware that dishing out money during campaigns breaches the parliamentary election act which outlaws voter bribery and calls for the annulment of the election of candidates found guilty of the offence. He therefore declared the Luweero Woman MP seat vacant and ordered electoral commission to organize fresh elections.
Justice Kabiito also ordered both parties to meet their own costs of the suite. Immediately after the ruling, Nalwanga stormed out of the court room and promised to address the press later on the ruling. But Nabatanzi who represented herself through out the petition thanked God for the court ruling and vowed to immediately start campaigning for the bye-elections.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.