Luwero Woman MP Concedes Loss of Seat

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Rebbecca Nalwanga's election was annulled on Friday on grounds that the election in which she was declared winner was fraught with voter bribery.

The Luweero woman member of parliament whose election was annuled on Friday has accepted the court ruling and says she is ready to relinquish her seat.

Rebbecca Nalwanga's election was annulled on Friday on grounds that the election in which she was declared winner was fraught with voter bribery.

Nalwanga's election was challenged by her political rival and challenger, Elizabeth Lugudde Nabatanzi. Nabatanzi dragged Nalwanga to court challenging the grounds of her rival's victory.

In her petition, Lugudde argued that Nalwanga connived with the Electoral Commission to rob her of her victory.

Court presided over by justice Benjamin Kabiito found that there was no sufficient enough to show that Nalwanga connived with electoral commission and lacks minimum academic qualification. Court however found that evidence adduced by Nabatanzi shows that Nalwanga dished out 50,000 shillings to voters at Kiwumpa village in Luweero sub county which contradicts with parliamentary election act, leading to the nullification of the election.  

Nalwanga admitted that she gave out the 50,000 shillings to the village, but said that the donation was intended to help the community get clean and safe water.

Nalwanga added that though the ruling was unfair, she is not willing to appeal and is prepared for a by-election.

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The visibly jubialant Lugudde said  she has started campaigns that will lead her into the Parliament and applauded the court for bringing justice.

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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.

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