After nearly a decade, Masaka LC 5 district chairperson counsel Jude Mbabaali has at last heeded to high court orders to pay Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi up to Shs 29 million, in costs resulting from an electoral petition
This was after court dismissed the election petition in which Mbabaali challenged the election results from Bukoto Central, that went in Sekandi’s favour.
In his end of year message, Mbabaali posted receipts on which he paid the costs, and declared this his greatest achievements of 2019
“As we celebrate the end of 2019 on my part I am celebrating it in a special way. In 2011, I contested against Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi for MP Bukoto Central. The Returning Officer of Masaka then Mr. Ephraim Tugume at Ssaza Tallying Centre interchanged my results with those of Sekandi and declared him the winner. Tugume was later dismissed from the Electoral Commission for the said malpractice,” he said.
“I took the matter to court and contrary to what many believed that I was bribed and let Ssekandi walk away scot-free instead I was condemned to pay him heavy costs and in one lump sum. I applied for a court order that I be allowed to pay in instalments because I earn little but my plea fell on deaf ears as orders to be arrested and be taken to Luzira Civil Prison were issued against by the Registrar.”
Thankfully, later, Mbabali says the judge analysed his situation and issued a stay of the arrest, and allowed him to pay in instalments.
“I thank all those who helped me to get out of this ugly situation and in particular the legal advice and representation provided by Counsel Fredrick Semwanga, Counsel Katumba Chrizestom, Counsel Medard Lubega and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.”
In the February 18, 2011 elections, VP Kiwanuka Ssekandi polled 10,068 votes, while Jude Mbabaali, who contested on Democratic Party came second with 9,731 votes.