NRM’s Nabeta Loses Seat; Mwiru (FDC) Declared Jinja Municipality MP

The high court has Monday evening nullified the election of NRM’s Nathan Igeme Nabeta as the Member of Parliament for Jinja Municipality East constituency in Jinja district on account of ballot stuffing and conspiracy with the electoral commission to fault the electoral laws.

In a ruling delivered by high court registrar Jessy Byaruhanga on behalf of justice Lydia Mugambe, treatment FDC’s Paul Mwiru was declared the elected Member of Parliament for Jinja Municipality East constituency.

Mwiru through his lawyer Medard Lubega Ssegona challenged the election of Igeme citing alteration of results at Danida polling Station A-D in Waluba-Masese division where he got 228 votes against 214 of Igeme but the electoral commission announced 507 for his opponent instead of 214.

According to the results, 416 voters turned up for president and woman Member of Parliament who were elected the same day and time at that polling station but for direct Member of Parliament, 507 voted for Igeme alone and 746 voters turned up.

The judge faulted the presiding officer together with returning officer for tampering with the results from Danida polling station and also failing to conduct a recount for a contested polling station.

She questioned how some polling officials signed affidavit for Igeme yet they had participated in the exercise on behalf of the electoral commission saying that was conflict of interest and affected the results of the whole election exercise.

“Nathan Igeme Nabeta was not fully elected as Member of Parliament and the second respondent takes full responsibility for the falsified results.”

He accordingly declared FDC’s Paul Mwiru who obtained 7409 as the elected Member of Parliament for Jinja Municipality East constituency, adding whoever is aggrieved is free to appeal.


There was tension in Jinja on Sunday 21st February 2016 as jinja district returning officer Tonny Ambrose Mwaita declared what many described as controversial, Igeme as the elected Member of Parliament yet even voters from Danida had confessed not exceeding 500 in the voters register.

However, Ocieng, the lawyer representing Igeme Nabeta says they will discuss the next move but anticipates an appeal.

“We’ll discuss all the grounds immediately before we probably seek an intention to appeal” he said.

There is also a pending case against Igeme of lack of requisite academic requirements for contesting as a Member of Parliament.

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