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Court Sets Judgement Day for Busongora South Election Petition

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 petitioned the court to challenge the outcome of the polls citing cases of voter bribery, ballot stuffing and the existence of ghost voters of the register.
Hon. Mbaju in the dock for cross examination, Court has set 25th October to give its ruling on Busongora South MP Election Petition

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The High Court in Fort Portal has set October 25 as the date for its judgement on an election petition filed against Busongora South MP 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 petitioned the court to challenge 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. The law requires that persons contesting for parliamentary seats should have an Advanced level certificate or its equivalent. which according to Mbaju, his political rival never had.

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. He said the EC held a voter verification exercise to allow members of the public inform the commission about persons who had either died or left the respective electoral areas.

Judgement on the matter will be given on October 25, according to a decision by the presiding judge Justice Victorious Katamba. She however allowed them until September 25, to file rejoinder submissions if both parties have issues that need a response.

Silas Mugabi Kahima, the lawyer representing Mujungu in the matter told journalists at the court that they are hoping the judgment will come in their favour having presented substantive affidavits. However, he faulted the petitioner for delaying the judgement by presenting new evidence that has occasionally been allowed in court.

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Mbaju’s lead counsel, Davis Guma Davis says they will welcome the court ruling whether in their favour or not.

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Both parties have called upon the electorate to avoid speculating on the judgment until the court pronounces itself in October.

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