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MP Igeme Nabeta to face 30 witness in polls petition

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Jinja Municipality East Member of Parliament loser, Paul Mwiru has lined thirty witnesses to testify against MP elect Igeme Nabeta in the forthcoming election petition case against the UBC Board Chairperson.

Sources in the Igeme team say they are aware that the thirty intend to give testimonies on how they were denied voting but they are yet to identify them.

“They claim they were intimidated by NRM guys supporting Nabeta and therefore kept away from voting and they want to base on that to seek for a bye election,” a source in the Nabeta team told EagleOnline.

The source says Mr Nabeta is blaming his woes on Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga whom he accuses of having campaigned against him during the general election campaigns.

“He has told us that he wants his ballot for speaker to be ticked by Kadaga herself to show her that he has no grudges against her and he too doesn’t deserve to be fought by her the way she is doing,” the source said.

The court battles between the two adversaries are not new. Mwiru, filed a case last year accusing Mr Nabeta of lack of an authentic Advanced Level Certificate to contest for the seat which the later won.

Mr Mwiru in his petition argued that the certificate that Mr Nabeta got to enable him study a degree could not be equated to an advanced level of education that is a pre-requisite for one to attain a degree and stand as a Member of Parliament given the little time he took to study and marks scored [49 per cent].

He wanted court to compel NCHE and Uneb to cancel the equivalent certificate issued to Mr Nabeta and also order the Electoral Commission to cancel his nomination.

Meanwhile, Nabeta’s ratings seem to have improved. Some observers claim that while Mwiru has been holding sway in parliament, Nabeta has been holding court in the constituency, or using his radio, Baba FM, to reach out to voters.

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