Nabukenya's Election Case Fails to Take Off as Key Witnesses are No Show

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Details of the charge sheet are that on May 15th 2014, while campaigning in Kamira sub county Nabukenya organized a group of supporters to cause violence in breach of peace in the area contrary to section 26 (b) of the parliamentary election act 2005.

Hearing a case in which Brenda Nabukenya, the Luweero district woman is accused of interfering with electioneering activities has hit a snag on Friday and the key state witness was no show. Nabukenya and her co- accused Richard Katabira appeared before Phraff Rutakirwah, the Luweero chief magistrate to defend themselves against the charges arising from the just concluded by Luweero district woman MP bye-elections.
 
Details of the charge sheet are that on May 15th 2014, while campaigning in Kamira sub county Nabukenya organized a group of supporters to cause violence in breach of peace in the area contrary to section 26 (b) of the parliamentary election act 2005. Hanipher Kasana, the state prosecutor told court that they were ready to proceed with the case adding that, the state witness was ready to pin the legislator. Phraff Rutakirwah, the Luweero chief magistrate asked the state witness to take the stand in vain.

Kasana started looking for the witness among the people in court, but her efforts didn't yield any results. She apologized to the magistrate saying she had mistaken Nabukenya’s sureties for the state witness. Some of the people who were expected to pin the MP include Steven Ssentumbwe, Patrick Mwesigye and Robert Ssempungu, all NRM mobilizers from Kamira Sub County who were allegedly beaten on orders of the MP. As a result Rutakirwahadjourned the case to October 6th and extended Nabukenya and Katabira’s bail to the same date. However, this didn’t go down well with Nabukenya who accused the state of wasting her time and resources on a bogus case. 

Nabukenya also told court that, the state had failed to avail her with the case files to allow the defense lawyers to prepare.

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Kasana told URN shortly after the court adjournment that she didn’t know the whereabouts of the witnesses. This is the fourth time this case has failed to kick off. Recently, LC 3 chairpersons in Luweero led by Sam Sserunjogi asked the Luweero NRM Executive to persuade the key witnesses to withdrawal the case for purposes of unity among residents in the district. Nabukenya’s supporters believe the case is politically motivated.
 
Nabukenya emerged winner in the second Luweero district Woman MP bye- election. She polled 38586 votes beating NRM’s Rebecca Nalwanga who managed 22236 votes. Ramulah Kadaala and Faridah Namubiru, both independents shared among them themselves slightly over 1500 votes.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.