Mbale High Court has nullified the election of Ouma Adea as Busia LC 5 chairperson.
Uganda Radio Network reports that court found out Adea had been disqualified from holding public office following a conviction by the Anti-Corruption Court in 2013 for receiving bribes.
Court has ordered that fresh elections be held for the post.
The ugly past
Ouma was briefly arrested in 2012 for allegedly refusing to hand over office and a government vehicle he has been using.
The local government Minister Adolf Mwesigye had directed Ouma to hand over office to his deputy until he is cleared by the anti corruption court of allegations of soliciting a bribe from Busitema Gold Mining Company.
Instead of going by the minister’s directive, Ouma filed a court injunction blocking the Minister’s order.
Court ordered that in the interest of justice, the status quo remains till the delivery of the ruling.
On November 8th 2011, Ouma was charged with corruptly soliciting and receiving money, and abuse of office.
State led by Rukia Nambozo, told court in Kampala that Ouma on various dates in November 2011 corruptly solicited for gratification of 2,000 dollars from Paul Sherwen, the managing director of Busitema Mining Company.
The money was an inducement to allow the company survey land at Tiira trading centre at Busitema Sub County in Busia district for purposes of mining gold.
Ouma was released on bail of 40 million shillings not cash.
In 2014, minister Mwesige, ordered Ouma out of office and directed him to hand over all Government facilities he had been using to the chief administrative officer, George William Wopuwa.
The Inspector General of Government (IGG) asked Mwesige to take action, after Ouma lost an appeal in the Court of Appeal on August 15 2014.
Following Mwesige’s directive, the then district vice chairperson, Harriet Namakwa, was sworn in to assume the office and duties of the chairperson.
During the 2016 elections, Ouma bounced back as Busia chairperson.
In May 2016, John Genda Walala, the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, wrote a letter revealing that Ouma had been disqualified from holding public office following a conviction by the Anti-Corruption Court in 2013 for receiving bribes.
The Ministry of Local Government blocked his swearing in saying he illegally participated in the just concluded general election.
In response, Phiona Sanyu, the acting Chief Administrative Officer of Busia District wrote to Ouma, the Electoral Commission Registrar for Busia District and the Chief Magistrate Busia to stay his swearing in as directed.