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NUP activist Bigirwa dares Speaker Among as court dismisses defamation case

NUP activist Bigirwa dares Speaker Among as court dismisses defamation case

The National Unity Platform (NUP)’s Moses Bigirwa has warned the Speaker Anita Among to stay away from him, saying he is not like other opposition members of Parliament who are at her beck and call.

Bigirwa made the remarks shortly after Buganda Road Court dismissed the case which was filed against him and three others in which they were charged with demanding money with menaces from Among.

Although it was alleged that the Bigirwa was held for extorting the Among who was the deputy Speaker then, the charge sheet before Court included defamation and computer misuse charges.

In her ruling Buganda Chief Magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu on Monday dismissed the case on ground of lack of merit, lack of evidence, lack of state witnesses and the failure of the Speaker to appear in court.

Shortly after the case was dismissed, Bigirwa said that Among lied to the public that he went to her gate to pick money, an issue which made almost everyone turn against him.

“I would like to take this opportunity to inform Hon Anita Among that you have many people whom you can joke with, but am not among them. You have engulfed almost all opposition MPs. You have power and influence in all opposition parties, you used my fellow party members to disorganise my political work in Eastern Uganda because you want to be overall political commander,” he said.

“I Bigirwa Moses I swear upon the living God that even if I remain alone, I will not allow your political mafiarism to occupy eastern Uganda. To those who thought that Anita Among had finished me politically and distanced yourselves away, shame on you coward,” he added.

Bigirwa said that politics is for the strong and those who were against him killed the spirit of brotherhood that drives the struggle and created classes of people within the struggle among other things.

“I am still alive politically and no one will break my soul towards the struggle,’ he swore.

 In 2021 Bigirwa was arrested in Nakasero, Kampala, next to the residence of Among after he had allegedly negotiated a deal of Shs100 million to stop spreading defamatory information against her on social media.

Prosecution contended that Bigirwa while in Kampala with intent to steal, demanded Shs100m from Among with menace.

Bigirwa denied the charges which included offensive communication and libel in connection with spreading defamatory information. He was charged alongside a journalist, Pidson Kareire, who also denied the charges.

The state alleged that Bigirwa, Kareire and others still at large in November in 2021 willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication on WhatsApp to post content of offensive nature.

The information in question was dubbed; Museveni to remove Among over corruption, Among in trouble over intelligence. This included bribes from Roko Construction, bribes from Kingdom property deal using ISO to con and ransom investors all intended to disturb the peace and quiet or right to privacy of Among with no purpose of legitimate communication.

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