Shs20m MP 'Bribe' Was Ok – Court


Kitgum Woman MP MP Beatrice Anywar and four civil society organizations had rushed to court; seeking a declaration the ‘bribe’ was not only unconstitutional but unlawful.

The petitioners wanted all MPs to refund the money, decease which amounted to Shs6.2billion in total.

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Anywar publicly refunded the money, unhealthy which she described as a bribe, salve moments after it was wired on her account.

However, five justices led by Deputy Chief Justice Mpagi Bahigeine ruled that the petitioners had completely fallen short of adducing satisfactory evidence that the huge sum of money was released without approval thus contravening constitutional provisions.

Other justices included Sara Arach Amoko, Remmy Kasule, Steven Kavuma and Augustine Nshiimye.

“Courts act on credible evidence adduced before them. They do not indulge in conjecture, speculation, attractive reasoning or fanciful theories,” the guardians of the law ruled.

“The act of receiving Shs.20m was not an abuse and a negation of a public duty and therefore was not in contravention of the Articles of the constitution mentioned. Having held as we have, we find that the petitioners are not entitled to the reliefs sought and accordingly the petition is dismissed for lack of merit,” the ruling read further.

It was delivered by Judiciary spokesman Elias Kisawuzi. The source of the money remains a mystery. It was offered to MPs to ‘supervise’ government programmes in their constituencies during campaigns.


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