Bagala won the January 14 polls with a margin of 16,000 votes to defeat Nabakooba. But in March, Nabakooba filed a petition to challenge the outcome of the polls, alleging that Bagala was not validly elected to represent Mityana District in Parliament, on grounds that the Electoral Commission failed to secure conditions necessary for the conduct of the election.
“…the Batwa have been left disadvantaged, owing to their eviction from the said land, and also due to the nonpayment to them of adequate compensation which would have facilitated in their relocation to similar lands. This had rendered them landless and has severely affected not only their livelihoods but has destroyed their identity, dignity and self-worth as a people and as equal citizens with other Ugandans,” Justice Musoke ruled in a lead judgment.
The petition was filed by Jeremiah Kamurari, a challenger for the same seat in the just concluded elections challenging Nathan Byanyima’s academic qualifications. Kamurari had argued that Byanyima did not have the requisite qualifications to contest for a parliamentary seat.
Guwatudde was arrested by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit in April last year and charged jointly with the Head of the Procurement Unit Fred Lutimba Kyeyune, Under Secretary Joel Wanjala and Martin Owor, the Commissioner in charge of Relief and Disaster Preparedness and Head of the COVID-19 Relief Management.