In Wednesday’s judgement, the same judge reversed his decision on grounds that the November judgement was based on wrong documents. Justice Musene reversed his decision basing an affidavit by Local Government Minister, Raphael Magezi.
The High Court in Soroti has reverted Aloet and Opiyai wards to
Soroti City East Division following an application by the Soroti Municipality
MP, Herbert Edmund Ariko.
In February, Ariko, who lost his bid for the Soroti East Division seat in the
January elections ran to court seeking the review of the November 26th, 2020
judgement. The judgement by Justice Wilson Masalu Musene reverted the two wards
to Soroti City West Division after it emerged in the records that the wards
were erroneously annexed to Soroti East Division.
But in Wednesday’s judgement, the same judge reversed his decision on grounds
that the November judgement was based on wrong documents. Justice Musene
reversed his decision basing an affidavit by Local Government Minister, Raphael
In the affidavits, Magezi attached declarations from cabinet, parliament and
the Uganda Gazette on 2020. He also produced a copy of the letter written to the
EC Chairperson on the city boundaries of Soroti City.
Justice Musene observed that there was an error apparent in the face of the
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Justice Musene also noted that the Electoral Commission organized
elections in areas different from what was passed by cabinet and parliament and
published in the gazette.
In the Uganda Gazette of 2020, parliamentary records and Cabinet, Soroti City
East Division comprise Eastern and Northern Municipality Divisions, Opuyo,
Acetgwen, Opiyai, Aloet and Otatai parishes while Soroti City West Division has
Western Municipality Division, Amen and B wards, Oderai ward, Orwadai ward,
Amoru ward, Arapai ward, Agama and Agora parishes.
Justice Musene asked the Electoral Commission to take appropriate action
according to the revised ruling.
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Ariko, when contacted said that he was excited about the ruling.