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Ugandan MP fined 40,000 for urinating in public

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA –  A court in Kampala has fined Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Mr Ibraham Abiriga Shs40,000 for urinating in public and engaging in a public nuisance.

Mr Abiriga on Tuesday appeared before the Kampala City Hall Court and was charged for urinating on the Ministry of finance wall fence.

The MP who recently headlines in the newspapers for openly supporting the removal of the 75-age limit cap to allow President Museveni again in 2021 pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a fine failure of which would mean he spends two weeks in jail.

He was released after paying the fine.

Prosecution told court that on September 25, 2017 on Kyaggwe Road in Kampala city, Mr Abiriga urinated on the wall fence of the Ministry of Finance.

According to the prosecution, Mr Abiriga’s act is against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) maintenance law and order ordinance, 2016.

Abiriga has previously defended his act, saying he didn’t want to “wet his trousers because he was dying”.

 KCCA Maintenance Law and Order Ordinance 2016 states that if any person is found guilty of easing in the city, commits a public nuisance offence and is fined Sh40, 000 or imprisoned for two months or serve both sentences.

His confession came after several pictures of him urinating on the roadside went viral on social media platforms.

“I was badly off. Should I have kept urine on myself? What is the problem with that?” Mr Abiriga said.

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