Court orders for arrest of Sheema County MP over elections

KAMPALA

Court has ordered for the arrest of Sheema County South Member of Parliament, Eng. Yorokamu Katwiremu Bategana over failure to pay legal costs incurred by his political rival in a 2010 election petition.
The High Court in Mbarara before the Assistant Registrar, Mr Didas Muhumuza issued the arrest warrant against Eng. Bategana for recovery of Shs138, 760,000 as costs incurred by Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu.
The arrest warrant arises from an election petition in which court nullified the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primary elections that Eng. Bategana had won.

Following his defeat in the 2010 NRM primary elections, Prof. Kamuntu, the Minister of Water and Environment, through his lawyers successfully challenged the election results leading to award of the legal costs.
Court nullified NRM primary election results and ordered Eng. Katwiremu to pay legal costs incurred by the petitioner, Prof. Kamuntu.
The minister sued Eng. Bategana jointly with the NRM Electoral Commission and the then Returning Officer of the NRM primary elections for Sheema District, Mr Joel Mugisha.
The arrest warrant followed an application by the lawyers for court to order for arrest and detention of Eng. Bategana who is described as judgement debtor until full payment.

When contacted, both Eng. Katwiremu and Prof. Kamuntu confirmed the development in separate interviews.
Eng. Bategana confirmed knowledge of the case “But there are other parties involved.”
“It is a court matter that has been ongoing but each of the parties will respond normally tro have it resolved,” he said in a telephone interview.
Prof. Kamuntu said the arrest warrant was issued in connection with an application to have the lawyers paid for their work.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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