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
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
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.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.