MP candidate Hustle King pauses donations until after elections
One of Uganda’s most generous tweeps Paul Owor (@HustleKing01) has revealed that he will not be making any more donations as he seeks to comply with the electoral commission regulations.
The Busiro South Member of Parliament candidate made the remarks after he was asked to once again support a needy student who has not been able to raise a 3.2 million shillings tuition balance.
Hustle King argued that giving out money at this point in the campaign season would amount to voter bribery which would be used as a basis to nullify his potential victory.
Several tweeps weren’t impressed by his comment, instead arguing that he was coming up with excuses.
However, our reporter was able to establish that donations such as these can amount to bribery as seen in previous elections.
For example, following Hon. Amongin Jacquiline’s victory in the 2016 Ngora Woman MP race, her opponent Apolot Stella Isodo petitioned court over claims of voter bribery, citing that Hon. Amongin attended a church service on 31st January 2016, a few weeks to the election, and while addressing the congregation asked them to vote for her, after which she donated a sum of Shs. 700,000/= and a big saucepan to the church.
The petition was however unsuccessful and dismissed with costs by Justice Kainamura.
A similar argument was made during a petition against Hon. Kevina Taaka’s victory in the 2011 Busia Municipality MP race. The petitioners stated that while attending a graduation ceremony of an Engineering student during the campaign season, Hon. Kevina gave the graduate a gift of 50,000/= and a wall clock which amounted to voter bribery. However, Justice Rugadya Atwoki dismissed this evidence on the basis that the petitioners failed to prove that the fresh graduate was a registered voter.
Paul Owor, who is seeking to unseat the incumbent Pr Peter Ssematimba in the January 2021 polls seems to be trying to avoid these problems.
We shall keep you posted.