Nalubega ran to court challenging Kinyamatama’s nomination by the Electoral Commission on grounds that she was not a registered voter anywhere in Uganda, which disqualifies her from being nominated and subsequent election for any elective position.
Last week, Nkalubo filed two fresh applications seeking an extension of time to allow him challenge Ssekikubos victory through a direct electoral petition as well as appealing the dismissal of his earlier application for vote recount.
Amos Mandela, the Member of Parliament for Buyamba County and Juliet Kinyamatama, the Woman Member of Parliament for Rakai district were ejected by court this morning after separate petitions challenging their election.
On the mismatch of Aisha Ssekindis name, Elubu said Waligo failed to present the head-teacher of Kyato primary School in Kalungu district, where the respondent claimed to have sat her Primary Leaving Examinations. During the hearing, Waligo told court through her lawyer, David Tebusweke that Ssekindi didnt sit her PLE at Kyato primary as she claims.
Basalirwa first asked Namujju to give a brief background of education starting with primary. He asked her to tell court when she sat her Primary Leaving Examination and how she performed in each of the four subjects. In her response, Namujju told court she sat PLE in 1996 and obtained 30 points. She however, said she couldnt remember the scores of each of the subjects.
Godfrey Kandeebe, the counsel of Mandela, says they have no objection to the court decision to summon the said officials to testify in the case. In another development, Justice Lawrence has set June 27th as the date for hearing the petition challenging the election of Juliet Kinayamatama as the Rakai Woman Member of Parliament.
The arrested are Robert Kambugu Ssenyonga, the chairperson of Youth for Justice Brigade, a coalition of opposition political parties and Steven Ngobya Mulindwa, the groups mobilizer. They say the ruling of the Supreme Court was unsatisfactory.
Scores of FDC supporters led by Joseph Ssenzoga, the party Secretary General for greater Masaka region had mobilized to conduct their prayers outside the party offices. However, the activity was interrupted by anti-riot police under the command of Masaka District Police Commander John Mwaule.
This morning, Nkoyoyos lawyer Richard Kiboneka withdrew the application, saying it had been overtaken by time. Kiboneka said court was expected to dispose of the petition within the stipulated four days but this didnt happen.
Leticia Nantabo, the Greater Masaka Region Electoral Commission Officer, declared Kityo elected at about 4am this morning at Patel Shamji hotel in Masaka town. Kityo garnered 323 votes followed by her independent rival, Arthur Katongole with 298 votes. Thomas Kayanja, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate only got four votes.
However, Leticia Nantabo, the Greater Masaka Region Electoral Commission Officer stood her ground saying they couldnt give the delegates extra money. Nantabo said they had communicated to the Electoral Commission headquarter to make a final decision.
This morning, through her lawyers, Erias Lukwago, Jude Mbabaali and Medard Lubega Ssegona, Namayanja asked Samuel Munobe, the Masaka Chief Magistrate to dismiss the application saying it lacks merit. Speaking on behalf of the team, Sseggona told court that it was illegal to hear the application yet Electoral Commission, which managed the electoral process wasnt in court.
A group of NRM youths led by Ibrahim Kitatta, the Buganda Region NRM youth Chairperson stormed Patel Shamji hotel and started campaigning for Arthur Katongole. They claimed that Babirye Kityo, the NRM candidate fraudulently defeated Katongole.