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Kantinti Jailed For Failing to Pay UGX 108m Poll Petition Cost

The Court of Appeal Registrar Agnes Nkonge has committed him to prison Luzira where he will stay for six months unless he pays the money.
08 Jul 2019 17:31
Appolo Kantinti on the Right at the Court of Appeal Registry
Former Kyadonddo East Member of Parliament Apollo Kantinti has been sent to Luzira for failure to pay more than 108 million shillings arising from an election petition.

The Court of Appeal Registrar Agnes Nkonge has committed him to prison Luzira where he will stay for six months unless he pays the money.

The money arises from the 2016 election petition filed by Sitenda Sebalu of National Resistance Movement-NRM party where he challenged Kantiti’s election.

Sebalu argued that the election of FDC's Kantinti had been marred with a number of irregularities including non-compliance with the Election Rules and regulations.

High Court Judge Isabirye Kaweesa concurred with Sebalu and threw Kantinti out of parliament ordering Electoral Commission and its Returning Officer to pay costs of the petition.

However, Kantinti was not happy and he went to the court of Appeal to challenge the High court Verdict.

The court of appeal, however, upheld the judgement and also directed Kantinti to pay costs of the suit.

“This is to authorize and require you to receive the said Honourable Apollo Kantinti into your custody for a period not exceeding six months and court hereby affixes a sum of shillings 3,000 per diem payable weekly”, warrant of committal reads in part.

On June 11th, 2019, the Court of Appeal Registrar issued a warrant of arrest in execution to Moses Kirunda of Spear link Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs allowing them to arrest Kantinti. He also directed them to return to court before July 11th to be updated on how the manner was executed. 

Before being taken to Luzira, Kantinti said he is ready to be in prison as opposed to paying someone who robbed him his victory.

Recently, a number of politicians especially MPs have been arrested and jailed for failing to pay election petition costs.

In March, the Upper Madi County Isaac Etuka Joakino spent days in Luzira for failing to pay 21 million shillings to Arumadri John Drazu, the former MP for Madi who had challenged his 2016 election victory.