Prof. Gilbert Bukenya

The High Court in Kampala has ordered former vice president Gilbert Bukenya to pay Shs107 million as election costs to his political rival Hussein Kasta Bukenya.
The taxation fee follows an earlier judgement by Judge Musoke Kibuuka who asked Prof. Bukenya to meet all the expenses incurred by his rival Kasta during the hearing of the Busiro North constituency election petition that saw Prof. Bukenya lose his seat. He was found guilty of voter bribery.

Mr Kasta (DP) had demanded Shs606 million as costs but the taxation tribunal reduced it to Shs107 million during the hearing. He had claimed to have spent the Shs606 million when he petitioned court in March last year challenging Prof. Bukenya’s victory.

The bill of costs was drafted by his lawyers Caleb Alaka, Julius Galisonga, Samuel Muyizzi, and Ben Ikilai, although Prof. Bukenya’s legal team led by Wandera Ogalo had proposed about Shs50 million.

The particulars of Kasta’s bill of costs included lawyers’ fees, money spent on interviewing witnesses in the electoral crimes, drafting and swearing of affidavits in support of the petition plus expenses on his personal election observers.

Re-running the poll
Prof. Bukenya lost the Busiro North seat in Wakiso District on October 5 last year after the court ruled that there was enough evidence that he bribed his way to recapture the seat.

Subsequently, the court ordered Prof. Bukenya to pay costs to Mr Kasta. He, however, bounced back as MP after he won the December 1 by-election with 10,728 votes, while Mr Kasta came second with 3,035 votes.

In the February polls, the Electoral Commission declared Prof. Bukenya victor with 17,382 votes, while Mr Kasta came second with 4,953.

By ANTHONY WESAKA, Daily Monitor



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