Former MP aspirant jailed over Sh2 million election debt
A former Ugandan MP aspirant has been sentenced to six months in prison for failing to pay Sh2 million as costs of an election dispute.
The aspirant, Isaac Apenyo, was ordered to pay the money to Ajuri County MP Mr Hamson Obua but defaulted.
“Whereas Mr Apenyo Isaac who has been brought before this honorable court this 15th Day of April 2018, under a warrant of arrest in execution of decree dated 27th of April, 2017 and by which order it was ordered that he should pay Sh2 million and whereas the judgment debtor has neither obeyed nor satisfied the court that he is entitled to be discharged from custody, you are commanded to take and receive the judgment debtor into the civil prison and keep him imprisoned in it for a period not exceeding six months or until the said judgment shall be fully satisfied,” Lira High Court deputy registrar Thaddeus Opesen stated.
According to auctioneers instructed by the court to apprehend Apenyo, he will be declared bankrupt after serving his sentence.
“He has been hiding. About six warrants of arrest had been made but he always goes into hiding until on Sunday midnight when we cornered him at Amazon Pub in Lira town,” a representative of the company said.
Apenyo contested Obua’s win in the 2015 National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries ahead of the 2016 general elections. Following his defeat, he dragged the party and Obua to court.