Mbaju who contested as an Independent candidate challenged the election of Gideon Thembo Mujungu of the National Resistance Movement-NRM citing cases of voter bribery, ballot stuffing and the existence of ghost voters of the register.
According to a notice issued by the assistant registrar His Worship Matenga Dawa, the judgment has been rescheduled for next Monday 11th October from 25th October as had been delivered by Justice Victorious Katamba .
Mujungu, the National Resistance Movement -NRM party candidate won the parliamentary race with 7,601 votes, defeating his main challenger Jackson Mbaju who got 7,522 votes and eight others. But Mbaju petitioned the court to challenge the outcome of the polls citing cases of voter bribery, ballot stuffing and the existence of ghost voters of the register.
Mbaju’s lawyer Guma Davis said that they are interested in the BVV machines to cross-examine the captured figure prints if they correspond with the marked names of those who voted in four polling stations.
Winnie Kiiza the Kasese Woman Member of Parliament who is also the Alliance for National Transformation-ANT national coordinator believes the majority of the voters cast their vote for NRM not necessarily that they wanted but feared for retaliation in case NRM lost again.
Mid last year, government bought land for the construction of Mumbere’s residential premises and pledged to support the construction of a new palace. Government also distinctly considered the kingdom for the Emyooga program-a presidential initiative for wealth and job creation. In November last year, government released 147 royal guards from prison.
NRM’s Godfrey Kabbyanga Baluku Kime came second with 10,937 votes followed by NUP’s candidate Samuel Ahebwa who polled 143 votes while independent candidate Mutungwa Johnson trailed in the race with 99 votes.
NRM had dominated the Kasese Municipality Mayor’s seat since the creation of the municipality ten years ago. According to the official poll result, FDC’s Chance Kahindo Sibyavugha garnered 11,572 votes defeating NRM’s Godfrey Kabbyanga Baluku Kime who polled 10,937 votes.
NRM will have 44 councillors in the council out of the 68 in the district according to final results released by the district electoral commission office on Saturday. The members include 29 directly elected and 13 women elected councillors.
The FDC party performed poorly in last week's parliamentary elections. It lost three seats to the NRM party. NRM won the Busongora South, North and Kasese municipality seats. FDC retained the Bukonzo, West, East and Woman MP seats.
Centenary told URN that he has accepted defeat after going through his own declaration forms on Friday morning. He says he has no intentions to challenge the verdict of the voters in the courts of law but rather to focus on ending his term.
Fatima Katembo, the National Unity Platform-NUP Kasese District Woman parliament candidate, says the campaigns have become so costly for first time competitors like her. She says most voters demand for money, a habit she blames on the NRM government for bribing voters.
In the 2016 General Election, the opposition swept all six parliamentary seats in the district. The seats included Kasese Woman MP, Kasese Municipality, Busongora North, Busongora South, Bukonzo East and Bukonzo West.