National Unity Platform (NUP)’s Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa will continue as the elected Woman Member of Parliament for Mityana District following a ruling by the Court of Appeal that upheld that she was rightly elected into office.
The three Justices of the Court of Appeal led by Geofrey Kiryabwire set aside the Mubende High Court decision that nullified Bagala’s victory on grounds that there was noncompliance with the electoral laws, including bribery and multiple voting.
Former police spokesperson and current lands minister Judith Nabakooba who lost the seat to Bagala went to court in Mubende challenging the outcomes of the elections. The lower court accorded NRM’s Nabakoba victory but Bagala went to a higher court to petition.
Speaking to the media after the Court of Appeal ruling, Bagala congratulated her team, the people of Mityana and the entire country. We have walked this journey together, she said.
To her competitor, she said: “We won this election. I am sure now she has understood that I defeated her. It is time to serve my people.”
Her lawyer Eria Lukwago said they were satisfied with the decision of the court. “We failed aggrieved in the trial court. It was a miscarriage of justice to subvert the will of the people. We are glad that the court has upheld the will of the people.”