Former MP Arrested for Failure To Pay Shs70m Election Petition Cost

Mr Geoffrey Omara Adigi, the former Erute North Member of Parliament in Lira District, was on Friday arrested and arraigned before court over failure to pay Shs73 million as cost of election petition which he lost.

Mr Omara contested and lost the 2016 parliamentary election to the incumbent Mr Charles Angiro Gutmoi. He then went to the High Court, challenging the election outcome, which he lost last year and court directed him to pay the Shs73m to Mr Angiro as costs of the suit.

Mr Angiro, through his lawyers of Makmot Kibwanga & Company advocates arrested Mr Omara on Thursday and brought him to Lira where he appeared before the Deputy Registrar of the High Court, Ms Rose Mary Bareebe.

“After Omara Adigi lost the election petition, a taxation of court cost and damages was done and arrived at shillings Shs 73.7 million but  Omara Adigi has been dodging to pay the money, so we had to cause his arrest to force him to pay the money,” Mr Makmot told court.

Mr Omara pleaded with court to allow him to pay the money in instalments.

“Please let me be released so that I pay the balance by installment. You know I am a businessman and if I am imprisoned; my business will be affected,” Mr Omara pleaded with court.

Mr Omara was released on Friday evening after paying Shs20 million in cash and committed in writing to pay the remaining balance of Shs52.7 million by installments.

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