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Court Dismisses Election Petitions Against Gogonyo, Namisindwa MPs

The two separate rulings were on Tuesday delivered by Mbale High Court Deputy Registrar James Mawanda Ereemye.

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The High Court in Mbale has dismissed with costs election petitions filed against the Gogonyo and Namisindwa Counties Members of Parliament. 

The two separate rulings were on Tuesday delivered by Mbale High Court Deputy Registrar James Mawanda Ereemye.

In the first petition, Anthony Wameli filed a petition against the Namisindwa County MP Apollo Masika arguing that Masika was not eligible for election since he lacked the prerequisite academic documents to be elected as the MP.  

Wameli who lost the elections with 4,047 votes against Masika’s 10,230 votes accused his rival of using another person’s academic documents to enable him to contest as an MP. He also accused Masika of bribing voters.

But Justice Joyce Kavuma’s said that Wameli failed to produce sufficient evidence.

“The petitioner has failed to satisfy the court that the respondent committed illegal practices, the petition has to fail, accordingly respondent was thus validly returned as the elected member of parliament for Namisindwa county.

But Geoffrey Turyamusiima, Wameli’s lawyer said that the judge did not consider his client’s evidence that was presented in court. He said that they will appeal against Justice Kavuma’s ruling.    

Court also dismissed a petition against the Gogonyo County Member of parliament Derick Orone. The petition was filed by Issa Bantalib Taligola

Taligola dragged Orone to court accusing the Electoral Commission of failing to organize a free and fair election which was marred by voter bribery, ballot stuffing and violence.

However, Justice Immaculate Busingye in her ruling said that the Electoral Commission conducted a free and fair election and that Orone was validly elected as the MP for Gogonyo county and ordered the petitioner to pay costs to the respondents.

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Taligola said that he will appeal against the ruling.

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