KAMPALA – Kassiano Wadri this morning took oath as the newly elected Arua Municipality MP and revealed plans to seek the bail condition by High Court, barring him from visiting his constituency for three months revised.
Wadri took oath in the presence of Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah’s in the company of daughter Brendan Wadri, Ibrahim Ssemujju (Opposition Chief Whip) Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) Reagan Okumu (Aswa County), Angelline Osegge (Soroti Municipality) among others.
Kasiano was declared winner of the Arua Municipality by-election after garnering 6,528 beating NRM’s Nisura Tiperu (4,763) votes, Robert Ejiku (Independent) 2,703 and FDC’s Bruce Musema came fourth.
While addressing journalists after taking oath, Kasiano revealed that he will have a discussion with his lawyers to have the bail condition, barring him from visiting his constituency for three months revisited, saying if the condition stands at it is, it will leave his voters deprived of representation in Parliament.
He explained: “My being banished from going to meet my people in Arua Municipality for the next 90 days certainly has not only disadvantaged me but the people of Arua, it, therefore, means they are not being represented. I am confident that with my team of lawyers, we will get back to the drawing board and revisit this rule because three months is quite long for a Legislator.”
It should be recalled that Wadri was arrested alongside 32 people who were later charged with treason, with prosecution arguing they participated in pelting President Yoweri Museveni’s car after they threw a stone that shuttered the vehicle’s.
The suspects were on Monday released on Bail by the Gulu High Court with the Court setting tough conditions for the suspect that saw Wadri barred from visiting his constituency for three months.
He told Journalists that the mere act of taking oath is a big achievement having won the elections while caged in jail and commended the Arua voters for not heeding to threats from security forces and chose to vote for him.
The Arua Municipality seat fell vacant on 8th June 2018 following the killing of NRM’s Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down in Kawanda, Wakiso district.