The Court of Appeal has today upheld the election of Abdu Katuntu as the Member of Parliament for Bugweri County in Iganga district.
In a judgment read by Deputy Court Registrar Tadeo Asiimwe, the panel of three high court judges, retired Justice Stephen Kavuma, Justice Remmy Kasule and Justice Richard Buteera, dismissed National Resistance Movement candidate Daniel Ibaale’s case and ordered him to pay all costs incurred in the case since 2016, after it was filed in the Jinja High Court.
Last year Jinja High Court Judge Margret Mutonyi dismissed Eng. Ibaale’s case, ruling that he had not adduced satisfactory evidence to pin Katuntu for conniving with the Electoral Commission officials to utter false and defamatory statements as well as deface the petitioner’s posters in the 2016 general election.
A lawyer, Katuntu is one of the longest-serving MPs and heads Parliament’s committee on Statutory Agencies and Enterprises (COSASE).