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Court Upholds Election of Bukoto West MP Muhammad Ssentaayi

Ssentaayi, a member of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party, emerged as the winner of the January 14, parliamentary polls with 12,882 votes ahead of the independent candidate Olivia Mugabe who polled 6,115 votes. But Mugabe challenged the outcome of the polls on grounds of voter harassment, bribery, and intimidation of polling agents.
Muhammad Muyanja Ssentaayi, the MP for Bukoto West Constituency whose election was upheld by Masaka High Court

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The High Court in Masaka has upheld the election of Muhammad Muyanja Ssentaayi, as the Member of Parliament for Bukoto West Constituency in Lwengo district. 

Ssentaayi, a member of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party, emerged as the winner of the January 14, parliamentary polls with 12,882 votes ahead of the independent candidate Olivia Mugabe who polled 6,115 votes. But Mugabe challenged the outcome of the polls on grounds of voter harassment, bribery, and intimidation of polling agents.

She accused her opponent of hiring 'gangs' that went around the constituency beating people who did not support her and that the beating remained unchecked throughout the entire campaign period. She told the court that scores of her supporters and polling agents were badly beaten a few days to polling day, under the watch of the Electoral Commission.

However, High Court Judge Esta Nambayo has in her ruling dismissed the petition on grounds that Mugabe failed to substantiate the allegations highlighted in her affidavits. She ruled that Mugabe's petition did not adduce substantial evidence to prove her case despite being given time and dismissed the petition with costs.

Ssentaayi is now seeking compensation of 400 million Shillings for the time lost, expenses of litigation, and the damages incurred in the suit. 

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Cue out….ebiseera by’ebonoonye.”// 

But Mugabe, who argued the petition through her lawyers Samuel Muyizi and Caleb Alaka, indicated that they are going to thoroughly study the ruling and decide on their next course of action.

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