Former minister Gagawala released from prison


The former State Minister for Trade, Eng Nelson Wambuzi Gagawala, has been released from prison after being jailed for failure to clear a Shs189.5 million debt.

The minister was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by Action Court Bailiffs and General Auctioneers on orders of Jinja Chief Magistrate, Ms Susan Kanyange.

The Magistrate had directed the Jinja High Court Deputy Registrar, Mr Henry Twinobuhwezi, to expeditiously handle the case, which culminated into his committal to civil prison for six months.

The debt arose out of an election petition he lost to Bulamogi County MP and the Electoral Commission after his defeat in 2011 elections. Gagawala lost to Mr Kenneth Lubogo and petitioned court to nullify the election for alleged rigging.

However, in June this year the High Court in Jinja dismissed the petition and ordered Mr Gagawala to pay costs to his rival.The former minister appealed the judgement but later withdrew it, claiming he had lost interest in politics of Bulamogi County.

On Friday, Jinja High Court Judge Godfrey Namundu aised the two parties to settle their case outside court. Kaliro LC5 Wyclif Ibanda stood surety for Mr Gagawala and he was released.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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