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Court declares Busia district boss unfit to hold office

Adea Ouma

The Busia district  LCV  chairman  Ouma Adea has Thursday May 10, been declared  unfit to hold public office having been convicted of corruption six ears ago.

Three justices of the Court of Appeal Remmy Kasule, Kenneth Kakuru and Geoffrey Kiryabwire unanimously concurred with Mbale High Court judge Andrew Basaija that  Section 46 of the Ant-corruption Act  bars Ouma Adea from holding public office since his conviction was confirmed by two appellant courts.

The Magistrate’s Division of the Anti-corruption court in 2013 convicted Ouma of abuse of office as Basis District LC5 chairman, and  soliciting and receiving a Shs2 million bribe, sentencing him to pay a fine on top of banning him from holding public office for a period of 10 years.

Ouma’s conviction and sentence has since been  upheld by the High Court  in  2014  and  Court of Appeal in 2016.

The three justices on Thursday afternoon concured with the petitioners Sowedi Oundo and Deogratius  Njoki that  with this criminal record, it was unlawful for Ouma Adea to offer himself for nomination and subsequent election as Busia District LC5 chairperson.

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