Breaking

Bukedea Woman MP Aspirant Imprisoned

Amongin, who resigned her job as a Sub- Accountant at Koen Sub County, says the case only came up after she picked nomination forms from the NRM party headquarters in Kampala for the primaries.
Merab Amongin, being escorted by Prison Warder at Soroti High Court.
A magistrate’s court has sentenced an aspirant for the NRM party ticket for the Bukedea Woman Parliamentary seat to two years and nine months in jail. Merab Amongin was arrested on August 3rd, 2020 and arraigned before Bukedea Grade One Magistrate, Patrick Talifuna on two counts of selling classified drugs and operating unlicensed drug shop.

She was found guilty and sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment. Her attempts to secure bail in Soroti High Court before Justice Wilson Masalu Musene on Tuesday after filing a notice of appeal were futile. The Judge noted that whereas the applicant filed a notice of appeal, there was no Memorandum of Appeal and Certified copy of the record of proceedings.       

He explained that he had only seen a handwritten record of proceedings and asked the applicant to work with the court registrar to ensure that the lower court proceedings are organized before the bail application is considered. Amongin, who resigned her job as a Sub- Accountant at Koen Sub County, says the case only came up after she picked nomination forms from the NRM party headquarters in Kampala for the primaries.  

“First, I was not found with the said drugs. But secondly, my case had dragged on and I was on bail. There was no need to arrest me and drag me to court as if I had skipped bail. This is a political move to frustrate my political ambitions but God will see us through”, she said.

Amongin, who is carrying a baby, is worried about her family since she has been shouldering many responsibilities for her family and relatives. Information from Bukedea shows that the imprisonment of Amongin has paved way for the incumbent Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among to sail through the NRM primaries unopposed.     

Christine Akello Akur, another aspirant didn’t pick nor return calls from our reporter. Akello, who hails from the new Kabarwa sub-county, has also expressed interest in representing Bukedea in Parliament.

Another aspirant, Sophie Akol Malinga, had her nomination for the NRM primaries cancelled following a petition by, Umar Okodel through his lawyers, M/S Aluka and Company Advocates. 

Okodel questioned Akol’s academic credential since she presented documents with different names.   The NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Tanga Odoi said in the letter that the names of Akol Sophie Malinga do not match the names on the requisite academic document she used for nomination.