By Our Reporter
The Court of Appeal has upheld the Masaka High Court decision which confirmed Democratic Party’s Mary Babirye Kabanda as the validly elected Masaka district woman Member of Parliament.
Three justices, namely, Remmy Kasule, Richard Buteera and Elizabeth Musoke have unanimously concurred with judge Michael Elubu that the allegations of voter bribery, falsification of election results and ballot stuffing that Babirye’s rival Fredah Kasse Mubanda raised were not based on concrete evidence.
Babirye defeated NRM’s Freda Mubanda and FDC’s Nakijoba to take up the Masaka district woman parliamentary seat.
The judges have ruled that Mubanda failed to adduce sufficient evidence that on the polling day of February 18, 2016, Babirye – through her agents – distributed salt, money, exercise books and sugar.
The judges have thus ordered Mubanda to pay Babirye costs of this petition both in the lower courts and the Court of Appeal.