Kasese’s Yokasi Bihande loses MP seat to embezzlement
Bukonzo East Member of Parliament Yokasi Bihande Bwambale has lost his seat following a Constitutional Court ruling. The same court also ordered the Kasese MP to refund all the salary and allowances he has been drawing since he was convicted by the Anti-Corruption Court two years ago for uttering false accountability regarding the funds he received from Parliament to develop his constituency.
In a unanimous decision of the court, the panel of five justices led by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma this afternoon ruled that from April 3, 2012, Mr Bihande should have stopped receiving a monthly salary and allowances since he had ceased being an MP.
Further, the court ordered Mr Bihande, the husband to Kasese District Woman MP Winfred Kizza to pay all the costs that the petitioner, Mr Fred Police Busige, a concerned voter of Bukonzo East constituency used in successfully pursuing this petition.
In 2012, the then Anti-Corruption judge Catherine Bamugemereire convicted Mr Bihande after he pleaded guilty to embezzling Shs20m and forging accountability for the constituency development funds (CDF) that he received before uttering false accountability to the chief accountant of Parliament.