Sunday March 27 2016

Thugs break into Chief Magistrate’s Court


Mpigi- Unknown people broke into Mpigi Chief Magistrate’s Court and tampered with vital judicial documents on Monday night.

“The office of Jolly Nkole Shwanda, the Chief Magistrate, and also the court store, were burgled on Monday night,” Mr Phillip Mukasa, the police spokesman for Katonga region, said on Tuesday.

However, he declined to reveal details of the burglary for fear of jeopardising the investigations.

“Don’t ask me for details because we are still investigating the matter but we have arrested a suspect to help us with the investigations,” he added.

Some of the items which were kept in the court store included seven boxes containing votes from Budde Sub-county for Butambala District Woman MP election. One of the losers in this election, Ms Aisha Kabanda, had petitioned court for a recount of Budde votes, claiming that most of her votes were not declared by the Electoral Commission, which gave her rival and winner, Ms Lydia Mirembe, undue advantage.

However, Ms Mirembe, who won with 14,760 votes against Ms Kabanda’s 14,693 votes, appealed to the High Court some weeks ago and blocked the recount. This prompted the magistrate to keep the ballot boxes in the court store as exhibits.
A police detective, who preferred anonymity said some boxes were found without seals yet they were taken there intact.
Mr Ahmed Kimera, the Mpigi District police commander, said police had received vital clues about the suspects.
“Very soon, we shall get all the suspects,” he said.