By Mariam Namakula
Mubende high court has, on Friday morning, ruled for a by-election for the Mityana district woman Member of Parliament seat.
Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa, who has been thrown out of parliament, has been for the past few months representing the people of Mityana as Woman MP. She is a member of leading opposition party, National Unity Platform.
After Bagala had been declared the winner of the Mityana MP seat, her rival Hon Judith Nabakooba insisted she (Bagala) had used mischievous ways to win.
Nabokooba accused the electoral commission of conniving with NUP’s Bagala to see to it she (Nabakooba) lost.
Judith Nabakooba, the Minister for Lands and Housing, will now go head to head with Joyce Bagala in a fresh election due to be communicated.
The court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Baguma concluded that the winner of the Mityana Woman MP seat on January 14, Bagala, engaged in voter bribery.
The Mubende court also confirmed that Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa intimidated voters who, as a result, feared to turn up on January 14 to vote for Judith Nabakooba.
The National Unity Platform NUP, where Joyce Bagala is a member, has pledged its solidarity and willingness to stand behind its member.
Bagala says she will appeal the court’s decision.
Joyce Bagala engaged in voter buying, according to Justice Emmanuel Baguma.