Bihande Goes Back To Court, Challenges Judges\' Decision

Bukonzo East MP, Yokasi Bihande Bwambale initiates plans to appeal against the court ruling throwing him out of parliament. The legislator claims the judges made a political rather than legal judgement.

Bukonzo East Member of Parliament Yokasi Bihande Bwambale says he is appealing against the Constitutional Court ruling that this week ordered him out of Parliament.

Bihande told Uganda Radio Network that he has already filed a notice of intention to appeal against the ruling that also ordered him to refund all the salary and allowances he has been drawing since he was convicted by the Anti-Corruption Court two years ago.

Bihande said he has through his lawyers, Mpanga and Company Advocates submitted a notice of intentio to appeal to the supreme court of Uganda. He said he was yet to swear an affidavit relating to the matter.

He contends that the ruling by the court ordering him to vacate Parliament as well as paying back the salary and allowances was a double punishment. He claimed the ruling from the Justices of Constitutional Court was political and against rules of justice.  

Bihande was in 2012 convicted for uttering false accountability regarding the Constituency Development Fund money he had received from Parliament.

The Judges led by Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma unanimously ruled on Monday that Bihande should have stopped receiving a monthly salary and allowances since he had ceased being an MP from April 3, 2012 when he was convicted by the anti-corruption court.

The other justices on the panel were Eldad Mwangusya, Richard Buteera, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa and Fredrick Egonda Ntende.

In 2012, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the then serving at the Anti-Corruption court convicted Bihande after he pleaded guilty to embezzling twenty million shillings and forging accountability for the Constituency Development Fund. 

Justice Bamugemereire sentenced him to a fine of one million shillings or two years in jail in default for the charge of uttering false documents.He was also slapped with a two million shillings fine or serve three years prison sentence in default.

Bihande opted to paying the fines and continued serving as a Member of Parliament until his stay in Parliament was challenged by one of his constituents on the ground that he should have vacated the seat in parliament on being convicted.