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Sironko Woman MP Election: Nabulo Raises Ten Grounds in Appeal

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Nabulo has raised ten grounds challenging Justice Matovu's decision. She contends that the trial judge erred in law and fact when he heavily relied on the testimony of William Wamala in isolation of the remaining evidence.
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Asha Nabulo Mafabi, the former Sironko District Woman parliamentary candidate has raised ten grounds in her appeal challenging the dismissal of her petition against the victory of her rival, Florence Nambozo Wamala.      

Following her defeat in the Sironko District Woman MP elections on January 14th, 2021, Nabulo dragged Nambozo to the high court on grounds of voter bribery and lack of the requisite academic qualifications for the election of a member of parliament.  

In her petition, Nabulo claimed that Nambozo who ran as an independent is actually Gorret Nafuna. She claimed that the legislators adopted the academic documents of her sister, Florence Nambozo Wamala for the purposes of the election. She produced some teachers and former students of Nabumali High School who told the court that the person elected as Sironko woman MP is not the Nambozo they taught or studied with respectively. 

She also presented Vincent Wozisi Gizamba, who told the court that she knows the real Nambozo very well because she was his girlfriend and an elder sister of the person elected as MP, with whom they studied together in the early 1990s. Gizamba told the court that two are daughters of Peter Wamala Kisiro.  

However, in her defence, Nambozo presented her relatives who told the court that Kisiro had one daughter who is Nambozo Florence Wamala. She also insisted that she was the very person who studied at Nabumali High School where she was physically dropped by her brother, William Wamala. On September 28th, 2021, Mbale High Court Judge, David Matovu dismissed the petition basing on the evidence from Nambozo’s relatives.

He also ruled that Nambozo studied at Nabumali High School since she was ably identified by her former teacher of Home Economics. Justice Matovu directed Nabulo and the Electoral Commission to meet the costs of the suits. Now, Nabulo has raised ten grounds challenging Justice Matovu's decision. 

She contends that the trial judge erred in law and fact when he heavily relied on the testimony of William Wamala in isolation of the remaining evidence. Nabulo also says that the Judge arrived at a faulty conclusion that Nambozo was qualified to be a Member of Parliament and owns the contentious academic qualifications of Uganda Certificate of Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.    

She also contends that Justice Matovu erred in law by holding that the family members denied knowledge of anyone called Gorret Nafuna yet Nambozo reportedly confirmed this during cross-examination. "The learned trial Judge erred in law in holding that the best evidence about the family of the late Peter Kisiro was that given by his sons William Wamala and Wogoire William thus veering into paternity issues, which matters were out of scope of the trial", reads the appeal.   

Adding that, “The learned trial Judge erred in law and in fact in holding that the contradictions in the 1st respondents (Nambozo's) evidence was due to passage of time out of school and the politics around such petitions thus propounding a new phenomenon on the law of evidence relating to contradictions.”

Nabulo also faults the trial Judge for having found that the evidence of Issa Yunus Musiwa was believable on the issue of sponsoring and giving donations during elections in the finals of the Nambozo Cup held on January 1st 2021.

Musiwa told the court that Nambozo Cup couldn’t be considered as voter bribery by the legislator since it started way back in 2015. As a result, Justice Matovu dismissed the allegations of bribery of voters at Last Chance Restaurant and Bamutale Catholic Church Polling Station citing lack of evidence.

Nabulo wants the appellant court to declare that Nambozo committed several election offences and hold the Electoral Commission responsible for failure in its statutory duty of organizing a free and fair election in Sironko.  She wants the court to allow her appeal with costs paid by Nambozo and declare the legitimate winner of Sironko Woman MP elections.  

Nambozo garnered 31,119 votes against Nabulo’s 29,744 votes. There were six candidates in the Sironko Woman polls. Nabulo’s appeal was filed by her lawyers of Turinawe, Kamba and company Advocates together with Nabende Advocates.

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