High Court in Kampala has this morning summoned former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya and Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr. Badru Kiggundu to answer to questions arising from their affidavits in an election petition for Busiro North Constituency.
Justice Kibuuka Musoke has summoned former Vice president Professor Gilbert Bukenya and Badru Kigundu, Chairman Electoral Commission to defend themselves against a petition seeking to annul the election of Bukenya as Busiro North Member of Parliament.
He gave the order today requiring Bukenya and Kigundu together with 33 other witnesses to appear in court for cross examination in the election petition. Justice Musoke ordered Bukenya and Kigundu to appear before court on June 21 and 22nd respectively.
The summons stem from an election petition filed by Busiro North February parliamentary election loser, Kasta Hussein Bukenya. The former Vice President polled 17, 382 votes against Kasta’s 4,953 votes. Kasta refused to concede defeat and petitioned court accusing Bukenya of voter bribery.
In his petition, Kasta contends that the former VP went from house to house in Buwanika and Kamuli parishes distributing salt, sugar and soap with intentions of influencing youths under Living Hope Organization to vote for him.
Kasta says that he has video footage showing what exactly transpired during the campaigns to prove his claims. Other issues that are before court for consideration include whether or not the elections were conducted in accordance with the electoral laws and whether failure to comply with the laws affected the results in a substantial manner.
Also in question is whether Bukenya personally or through his agents committed any illegal practice or electoral offenses. In the petition, Kasta alleges that the Electoral commission missed out his name just like in the 2006 elections.
He wants court to order fresh elections under the supervision of a different returning officer among other remedies. Unlike the last court session, both the petitioner, Kasta Hussein Bukenya and former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya were conspicuously not in court today.