Daniel Muhairwa, the former Buhagauzi county Member of
Parliament in Kikuube district has lost his petition seeking to overturn the election
of his rival Francis Twinomujuni Kazini.
Muhairwa ran to court after losing January 14, 2021, parliamentary elections to Kazini. He garnered 18,788 against 20,761 votes
polled by his National Resistance Movement rival.
Muhairwe, who ran as an independent candidate, contested
He accused him of using forged academic documents and cited discrepancies
in the names on his academic papers. He argued that Kazini lacks the minimum advanced
level academic qualifications for election as a member of parliament.
accused his rival of intimidating his voters during Election Day, voter
bribery and electoral malpractices. However,
on Tuesday afternoon, Justice Musa Ssekaana upheld
Kazini’s victory, saying that he was duly elected as Buhaguzi county Member of
He noted that Kazini obtained the Uganda Advanced Certificate of
Education and dismissed the petition. Speaking shortly after the ruling, Kizini
said that justice has prevailed and vowed to continue serving the people of
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Muheirwe declined to comment on the ruling, saying
that he was still busy. Meanwhile, Justice Musa Ssekaana also upheld the victory
of Dr. Joseph Ruyonga as the Hoima West Division Member of Parliament. He made
the ruling in an application filed by Ismail Kasule challenging Ruyonga’s
Ruyonga emerged the winner of the hotly contested elections
gathering 6,369 votes against Kasule’s 6,212 votes. Kasule rejected the poll results, dragged
Ruyonga, and the Electoral Commission to Masindi high court citing several
irregularities during the counting and declaration of results.
Kasule alleged that there was manipulation on the declaration
of result forms leading to the declaration and tallying of wrong results.
He also argued that there was voter bribery and intimidation of his supporters during
the course of the elections.
However, Justice Ssekaana dismissed the petition with costs
due to a lack of substantial evidence to prove the allegations against Ruyonga.
Court also ruled that the petition failed on several procedural grounds after the court
established that Kasule did not commission most of the documents filed in his
defence as required.
Ruyonga told URN shortly after the court ruling that he
expected the victory to be on his side because he genuinely won the polls. He
called for a cordial working relationship with Kasule to cause development in
Hoima West division.
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Ruyonga's, lawyer, John Paul Bainaga and Company advocates
noted that they are going to slap costs on Kasule for filing a petition he
could not support with evidence. Kasule who immediately left the court premises
has not yet commented on the matter.