If you are a man, never say ‘I can’t go to prison or laugh at a prisoner’. You might turn into one as well anytime, who knows? No one is above the law and if you lose a case in court, you know where to find yourself.
This is what happened to NBS TV presenter Sir Simon Muyanga Lutaaya who lost his second election petition in court to NRM’s Kenneth Lubogo (the incumbent Bulamogi member of parliament)
In the 2016 general elections, the soft spoken journalist contested for the Bulamogi county parliamentary seat but unfortunately lost to Lubogo scooping 16,546 votes whereas the winner Lubogo got 19,179
Unsatisfied Muyanga filed a petition contesting NRM’s Kenneth Lubogo’s victory but he lost the appeal at Jinja High Court on the 19th of August 2016. He was asked to pay Ug Shs 57 million as court fines which he failed to pay. As if that as not enough, Muyanga further appealed and lost as well and this time round the court fines were amount to 153 million which he has promising to pay but failed.
On Monday the 29th of April, Muyanga was remanded to Kirinya prison for 6 months by Grade I Magistrate at Jinja High Court Samanya Kasule following his failure to pay the money
It was a sad moment which amused nobody as Muyanga tried to plead for his freedom but all in vain. For the next 6 months, Muyanga will be in the coolers and he is expected to come back in November unless otherwise.
By The time we went to press, a section of his relatives, friends, and family members have taken to social media to solicit for funds for the release of the NBS ‘One On One With Tamale Mirundi’ show host and may be if this goes successful, we shall see Muyanga out soon.