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By Mulengera Reporters  

Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko has since Thursday gone missing with lawyers of his archrival Fred Nyanzi Sentamu searching for him everywhere in Kampala only for their efforts to end in utter futility. Nsereko, who is well networked around Kampala courts, became incommunicado (not reachable anywhere including via telephone) on getting premonition that Fred Nyanzi had finally filed his petition challenging his reelection as Kampala Central MP. The two battled for the Kampala Central MP Seat during the Thursday 14th January 2021 elections at whose conclusion Nsereko was announced winner with a difference of 1,023 votes-but under very disputed circumstances.

Nyanzi has since disputed the results claiming Nsereko’s marginal win resulted from nothing but the incumbent’s improper actions including ballot stuffing and voter bribery among other fraudulent acts. Having failed to secure vote recount, Nyanzi (who scored over 15,000 votes) has since opted for election petition in the hope that he will finally overcome the under pressure Mohammed Nsereko who recently signaled this could be his last term. Unconfirmed reports indicate the elusive politician will be gunning for Kampala Lord Mayorship come 2026.

So, having failed to locate him at any of his offices and known abodes, Nyanzi’s lawyers learnt from friendly sources within Nsereko’s circles that the legislator had sneaked out of the country and travelled abroad. The initial claim was that he had flown out to the US only for the records at Entebbe Airport to indicate the same being false and an act of fake news. It has eventually been established that Nsereko, who could potentially remain elusive for as long as it takes to effectively frustrate Nyanzi’s impending litigation seeking to oust him, is actually in Nairobi where he is deliberately lying low like an envelope lest he gets cited by Nyanzi’s NUP agents. He actually flew out on Thursday aboard Kenya Airways.


But the bitter truth is that physically being away can’t in anyway make Mohammed Nsereko safer nor significantly frustrate Nyanzi’s petition in anyway because the lawyers will have to resort to what in the legal practice is known as “substituted service” whereby a notice, disclosing commencement of court action against him, gets published in the newspapers or even the Uganda Gazette which is very popular these days.

Thereafter, Nsereko (the respondent) will be required to file his defense against vote-rigging claims and evidence contained in affidavits some of which are deponed by men and women who previously were members of his camp who are now saying enough is enough. It will be one of the very interesting election petitions to be closely followed this season as the proceedings get underway.

Nsereko’s strategy, in the interim, has been to slap Nyanzi with very crippling costs, arising from his unsuccessful vote-recount application, so that the same can be used to have him caged in Luzira or Kitalya and thereby cripple his intended court challenge. Closely working with Simon Byabakama’s EC, Nsereko’s claim stands at Shs65m which, unless blocked by court, could be used to have Nyanzi confined in Luzira or Kitalya prison for not less than 6 months. Gratefully, this is something Mulengera News has previously documented and the same can be accessed via this news link comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at



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