The nominated candidates are Uthman Mubarak Kadir Mugisa of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party, Patrick Musinguzi of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC, Moses Aguda of the National Unity platform-NUP, Lenox Mugume of the National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) party and Vincent Muhumuza Savana who came on independent ticket.
During a press conference in Jinja City Wednesday, the district party leaders urged their top party officials to engage in internal dialogues to resolve conflicts rather than airing their differences in the media. They believe that publicizing these disagreements has damaged the party's reputation in the eyes of the public and has led to a decline in active support from grassroots members.
In a message
delivered by Andrew Byakutaga, the Prime Minister of the Bunyoro Kitara
Kingdom, Iguru emphasized the importance of maintaining unity and peace among
his subjects, and declared that he will not allow anyone to cause division or
Earlier on Tuesday evening, the Jinja Resident City commissioner, Darius Nandinda told URN that they covered a meeting with the two contestants, who unanimously agreed to vote from a neutral venue outside the market premises.
Nabeta won the race with 5,621 votes against his closest challenger, Paul Mwiru who contested on the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party ticket who got 5,355 votes. But Mwiru challenged the outcome of the polls on grounds that Nabeta connived with Electoral Commission officials to engage in election malpractice.
Speaking to political leaders and civil society organization-CSO actors, during the post-election evaluation meeting held at Iganga district headquarters last Friday, Mastiko said that they have put in place a system where all their staff implicated in jeopardizing the smooth execution of the electoral process shall be registered.
Galisonga, a candidate of the Forum for Democratic change-FDC party petitioned the court challenging Katuntu’s declaration as the elected Member of Parliament for Bugweri County citing malpractices in the January 2021 general election.
Walyomu’s lawyer, Ben Ssemanda told URN that his client complied with all the legal requirements while changing his name in 2009, adding that there was no need for the petitioner to sue him over the same.
Nasser Ashraf was declared the winner of the South Division mayoral seat with 6,910 votes while Musisi, his main challenger polled 4,973 votes. Musisi however contested the results arguing that the election was marred with irregularities, which affected the final outcome of the exercise.
Musumba had filed the petition before the High Court in Jinja faulting both Kadaga and Electoral Commission for allegedly orchestrating irregularities, which affected the outcome of the January 2021 general election.
During the hearing on Tuesday, Galisonga’s lawyer, John Isabirye explained that they filed their petition on March 24, 2021, and the first respondent filed their response on April 6, 2021. He noted that it was inappropriate for the respondents to file supplementary affidavits three months later.
“As a kingdom, we are under no obligation to make political commentary over the election processes of the speaker of parliament of the republic, but we cannot say that, all is well with us, because our prayer was that we get more and more of our illustrious sons and daughters in more lucrative positions without losing any, we didn’t see this coming and we didn’t know the scheme was deep, well calculated and spirited,” he said in a statement.
On Thursday, Justice Luswata however, argued that, since election petitions are matters of public interest, it was prudent to follow the right rules and procedures involved in serving such petitions, to avoid cases of prejudice. Luswata further directed the petitioner to serve the respondents’ lawyers with certified copies of the petition in two days.
On Wednesday, Musumba’s lawyer, John Isabirye informed the court presided over by the Jinja High Court Registrar, Fred Waninda that they have tried to serve Kadaga or her lawyers in vain, which prompted to file an application for substituted service.