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Court Reschedules Busongora South Election Petition Judgement

According to a notice issued by the assistant registrar His Worship Matenga Dawa, the judgment has been rescheduled for next Monday 11th October from 25th October as had been delivered by Justice Victorious Katamba .


Fort Portal High Court has rescheduled the final judgement for Busongora South Election Petition.

According to a notice issued by the assistant registrar His Worship Matenga Dawa, the judgment has been rescheduled for next Monday 11th October from 25th October as had been delivered by Justice Victorious Katamba. 

The notice indicates that if no appearance is made by the parties or their pleaders, the judgement will be delivered in their absence. 

According to the petition, Jackson Mbaju is challenging the declared victory of Gideon Mujungu Thembo. 

Mujungu, the National Resistance Movement -NRM party candidate won the parliamentary race with 7,601 votes, defeating his main challenger Jackson Mbaju who got 7,522 votes and eight others. 

But Mbaju then petitioned the court challenging the outcome of the polls citing cases of voter bribery, ballot stuffing and the existence of ghost voters of the register.

He also challenged Mujungu's academic qualifications alleging that he used forged documents during his nomination by the Electoral Commission. 

In the initial hearings at Fort Portal high court, Mujungu dismissed all the allegations as baseless, while the Kasese District election administrator Ismail Atwijukire also challenged allegations of having dead people’s names on the voter’s registers.

The presiding judge Justice Victorious Katamba had allowed the parties until September 25, to file rejoinder submissions if they have issues that need a response.

Silas Mugabi Kahima, the lawyer representing Mujungu and Mbaju’s lead counsel, Davis Guma Davis both say they are ready to conclude on the matter.

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