Masaka court ejects NRM MP Kalemba

Christopher Kalemba

Christopher Kalemba

Masaka High Court has nullified the election of Christopher Kalemba as Kakuuto County MP.

Kakuuto’s election was nullified on grounds of voter bribery and lack of required academic qualifications.

Daniel Baguma, the Rakai district registrar, declared Kalemba, winner after defeating a prominent businessman Drake Lubega.

Christopher Kalemba [NRM] got 14,135 votes as opposed to Lubega’s [Independent] 12,568 votes.

Israel Bakulu Mpagi [Independent] polled 1329 votes, Godfrey Kaggwa [Independent] polled 374 votes, Pascal Mugambe [Independent] polled 2022 votes, Huzaimat Mugula [Independent] polled 1,231 votes while Elly Tumwine [Independent] got 1021 votes.

The candidates and their supporters protested the results saying they were altered to give the NRM candidate a win.

Several of them argued that the declared results differ from results recorded by their agents from the various polling stations on top of intimidation, ballot stuffing, vote buying and assault of voters.

No academic documents 

Kalemba was also dragged to court by Lubega on grounds that he did not have academic papers to run in the parliamentary elections.

Presiding Judge Justice Margaret Tibulya ruled that indeed Kalemba did not possess the required academic qualifications to stand as a Member of Parliament.

Tibulya said basing on the evidence in court, Kalemba is not qualified to hold the position he has been holding in parliament.

Court found that Kalemba passed only one subject after his O-level exams which guarantee one a Certificate of Education.

Worse, his A-level certificate and Diploma acquired from Kampala University were found to be invalid.

The judge has ordered for fresh elections.

His nullification raises the total of ejected 10th Parliament MPs to 14.


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