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High Court Dismisses Election Petition Against Bukanga County MP

Dr Mpeirirwe was seeking a declaration that the election was conducted in non compliance with the electoral laws and principles and a declaration that the first respondent was not validly elected and an order that the second Respondent conducts fresh elections for Bukanga County.
Hon Stephen Kangwagye

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High Court in Mbarara on Friday dismissed with costs an election petition filed against Bukanga county Municipality Member of Parliament Hon Stephen Kangwagye.

Dr Moses Mpeirirwe Kisheija filed a petition against the Hon Stephen Kangwangye, the Electoral Commission and the Returning Officer Isingiro Electoral District as the respondents respectively.


Dr  Mpeirirwe who also lost the NRM party primaries to Kangwagye filed a petition  challenging the results that declared his nemesis victor in the January 14th 2020 parliamentary elections.

Mpeirirwe, through his counsel Brain Moogi fronted thirteen grounds that his opponent engaged in voter bribery, malpractice and intimidation of his voters and agents.



Mpeirirwe, was seeking a declaration that  the election was conducted in non compliance with the electoral laws and principles and a declaration that the first respondent was not validly elected and an order that the second Respondent conducts fresh elections for Bukanga County.



Mpeirirwe, also told the court that the 2nd and 3rd respondents secretly recruited polling officials and also displayed their names on polling day.



The second and third respondents represented by Eric Sabiti and Paul Kutesa told court that the allegations laid upon them lacked merit and substantial evidence making them false and prayed court to dismiss the petition with costs.


In his Judgement Justice Moses Kawumi Kazibwe, which was read by the acting Deputy Registrar Samuel Twakyire, the Judge held that the election was held in compliance with the provisions and principles enshrined in the constitution and relevant electoral legislation.

He noted that the allegations raised by the petitioner in the affidavits against the respondents were not enough to overturn the election basing on trivialities.



Justice Kazibwe, dismissed the petition with costs of 50% of the taxed costs to each respondent.



Shortly after the Judgement, Mpeirirwe said he was not happy with the ruling and said he was going to appeal.

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Triumphant MP Kangwagye said he was happy with the judgement and asked his opponent to come and work together to develop Bukanga county.

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