Kaabong Woman MP Ejected over Voter Bribery

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Adupa Francis, a resident of Kaabong, swore an affidavit indicating that he was offered 5000 Shillings and a bottle of beer by Loik Gabriel Fidel, an agent to the legislator, to lure him to mobilize support and vote for Tubo. Adupa says he was promised more money for withdrawing his support from Lily Akello, the other contender in the race.

Soroti High Court has nullified the election of Kaabong Woman Member of Parliament Christine Tubo Nakwang over bribery.

Presiding judge Billy Kainamura ruled that Tubo erred in law when she slaughtered a ram for a feast and bought drinks for over 100 voters on the eve of the February 18 parliamentary election. The judge said the act contradicted the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2005.

Section 68 (i) of the act stipulates that that a person who, gives or provides a gift or other consideration, either before or during an election, with intent to influence another person to vote or to refrain from voting for any candidate commits the offence of bribery .

Court heard that Tubo, distributed cash and other items to her opponent's supporters to persuade them to abandon their candidate and vote for her.

Adupa Francis, a resident of Kaabong, swore an affidavit indicating that he was offered 5000 Shillings and a bottle of beer by Loik Gabriel Fidel, an agent to the legislator, to lure him to mobilize support and vote for Tubo. Adupa says he was promised more money for withdrawing his support from Lily Akello, the other contender in the race.

Other voters who pinned Tubo on bribery included Akol Oscar who told court that he witnessed Tubo's agents identified as Akol Julius and Ariong Lomilo openly distributing salt to bribe voters in Narube village. He further testified that Loik Gabriel Fidel gathered over 100 people in the village and offered each person 10,000 Shillings to lure them vote for his candidate.

Tubo, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party polled 19460 votes against 19344 voted polled by her political rival Lily Akello, an independent candidate.
The ruling was read by Soroti High Court Deputy Registrar Ayebare Tumwebaze.