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MP Nabukenya Narrowly Survives Jail

Birivumbuka also told court that on same day Nabukenya unlawfully incited her supporters to beat up NRM mobilisers including Steven Ssentumbwe, Patrick Mwesigye and Robert Ssempungu of Kamira Sub County over their political opinions.
MP Brenda Nabukenya smiling while in dock at Luweero Magistrate Court

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Brenda Nabukenya, the Luweero District woman MP has narrowly escaped being remanded to Butuntumula Government Prison for alleged failure to present substantial sureties in her electoral case.

Nabukenya appeared this afternoon before Sylvia Nabaggala ,the Luweero chief magistrate to defend herself against charges of interfering with Electioneering activities during the just concluded by Luweero district woman MP bye-elections.

During the hearing, Richard Birivumbuka, the state prosecutor told court that on May 15th 2014, while campaigning in Kamira sub county Nabukenya organized a group of supporters to cause violence in breach of peace in the area which,  tantamounts to interfering with electioneering activities contrary to section 26 (b) of the parliamentary election act 2005. Birivumbuka also told court that on same day Nabukenya unlawfully incited her supporters to beat up NRM mobilisers including Steven Ssentumbwe, Patrick Mwesigye and Robert Ssempungu of Kamira Sub County over their political opinions.

The MP pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through her lawyer Julius Galisonga of Alaka and Company Advocates, which was granted on condition that she presents substantial sureties.

Galisonga presented David Lule, a resident of Nakasero zone in Wobulenzi town council and the Luweero town council LC 3 Chairperson Charles Ssebyala as sureties for Nabukenya. However, Nabaggala rejected Ssebyala after he failed to present documents showing that he was a leader and resident in the town council.

As a result, Nabukenya’s political aides started consulting each other, on who could replace Sebyala but none of them had the necessary documents. After a futile attempt to find a replacement, Galisonga asked the magistrate to adjourn the court session for ten minutes to enable Ssebyala to rush home and pick his documents to stand surety for the MP, which she granted. After the elapse of ten minutes, the magistrate resumed the session and Ssebyala presented his voter’s card and LC 1 letter which were accepted.

Nabaggala then granted Nabukenya  a non cash bail of one million shillings. Each of her sureties executed a non cash bond of five million shillings. He ordered the MP to appear in court on 11th August 2014 for the hearing of her case. She also extended the criminal summons for Julius Mayiga and Richard Katabira, who are jointly charged with the MP. Shortly after leaving the court room, Nabukenya said she had lined up two other two sureties including Erasto Kibirango, the Luweero DP Chairperson and Noordeen Kiwanuka, a local leader in Wobulenzi town but they failed to show up in time.

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Nabukenya emerged winner in the recent Luweero district Woman MP after she polled 38586 votes beating NRM’s Rebecca Nalwanga who managed 22236 votes. Ramulah Kadaala and Faridah Namubiru, both independents shared amongst them themselves slightly over 1500 votes.