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Court Dismisses Election Petition Against Nebbi Municipality MP

In his ruling on Friday, Justice Boniface Wamala said since there was a suit in 2019, whose matter was heard and determined by a competent court and the fresh petition concerns the same matter earlier determined, the same issue cannot be subject to court proceedings.
Hashim Suleiman MP Nebbi Municipality Leaving Court after petition against his victory bt Robert Onega was dismissed with half costs.

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The High Court in Arua has dismissed with costs an election petition filed against Nebbi Municipality MP Hashim Suleiman.

Robert Onega who contested on the FDC ticket petitioned the court to annul Hashim’s victory on grounds that he did not qualify for nominations as parliamentary candidate for Nebbi Municipality due to lack of academic documents.

In his ruling on Friday, Justice Boniface Wamala said since there was a suit in 2019, whose matter was heard and determined by a competent court and the fresh petition concerns the same matter, it cannot be subject to court proceedings.  

Justice Wamala was referring to a case in which the Court of Appeal upheld the election of Hashim in 2019.

In May 2019, the Arua High Court Judge, Anthony Ojok nullified the election of Hashim after the Onega proved that he lacked an Advanced Level (A' level) certificate. However, Hashim filed a notice of appeal against Justice Ojok’s ruling which nullified his election. 

Justice Wamala dismissed the petition saying that the decision by Onega to continue with the case even after the Appellate Court passed its judgement explains why he should pay the costs.  

// Cue in; this was the right court of…

Cue out; respondents in the petition,//

Hashim after the court ruling said that he is open to reconciliation with Onega.

// Cue in; In fact, it’s God…//

Cue out; for the people if he wills…. //  

But Onega described the court ruling as biased and unfair aimed at denying him justice.

He said the struggle will continue to ensure that the people of Nebbi Municipality are left to elect genuine leaders. 

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Cue out; in the judicial system…. //