Busongora South County Legislator Gideon Thembo Mujungu Jailed Over Election Petition Costs

FORT PORTAL,(UG)-The Busongora South County in Kasese District, Gideon Thembo Mujungu, has been committed to civil prison for defaulting over Shs183 million arising from the costs of a 2021 court election petition.

Fort Portal High Court deputy Registrar, Francis Dawa Matenga, committed the legislator to prison following an execution for a warrant of arrest issued by the same court in June this year and addressed to Joneni Bamwenda, a court bailiff in Kasese town.

The money stems from the 2021 election petition that Mujungu lost to his predecessor, Jackson Mbaju Kathika. The legislator was yesterday morning arrested from his home in Saluti B of Kanyangeya Ward in Nyamwamba Division of Kasese Municipality by court bailiffs. Speaking to our reporter last evening, Johnson Kamalha Kalyasa, the NRM Publicity Secretary for Kasese District said the party would offer all the necessary support to bail him out of prison.

Kathika initially lost the election petition as per the ruling of the Fort Portal High Court judge, Victoria Katamba, who argued that he had not proven to the court that Mujungu was party to electoral offenses committed on the polling day of 2021. Mujungu trounced Kathika with a paltry margin of 79 votes in the February 2021 parliamentary election to unseat the latter from the parliamentary position, after he garnered 7,522 votes to trail Mujungu in a parliamentary race involving 10 contenders.

Kathika, however, petitioned the appellate court which nullified Mujungu’s election with Shs183 million in costs to his appellant, triggering a by-election last August that bounced Mujungu back to Parliament after winning the poll with 12,088 votes against Kathika’s 6,866 votes.