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Judge Advises Arua Election Petition Parties to Embrace Mediation

While meeting different parties on Monday at the High Court ahead of the scheduling of the petitions for hearing, Wamala said there is still room for all the parties to seek out of court settlement.
Mayor Arua City Sam Nyakua with Adjumani LC 5 chairman Ben Anyama, Lawyers and Petitioners leaving Arua High Court Hall after the general Briefing today morning.

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Arua High Court Judge, Justice Boniface Wamala has asked rivals to settle the elections petitions out of court.

While meeting different parties on Monday at the High Court ahead of the scheduling of the petitions for hearing, Wamala said there is still room for all the parties to seek out of court settlement.

Wamala explained that the Court is ready to accept any mediation efforts by a third party that seeks to bring unity.

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Daniel Lubowa, the Registrar of Arua High Court asked the parties not to bring any supporters to court. He also asked parties to adhere to the strict observation of SOPs and keep submissions within the agreed time.

 “We would like you to let us know of any quest for mediation if you wish and in case of any matter beyond you, let us know for immediate intervention so that nothing jeopardizes the process of handling and disposal of these petitions as planned,” said Lubowa.

The High Court has up to December 15th 2021 beyond which no petition shall be heard and disposed of.

Wamala will handle eight elections petitions which include that of Aziz Aluma who is challenging the victory of his rival John Kale for the LCIII Chairperson seat for Ariwa Sub County in Yumbe district. 

The other case is of James Leku Pilli who is disputing the election of Ben Anyama as the LCV Chairperson Adjumani District.  According to Leku, Anyama did not attain the required qualification to contest in the elections.

Afeku Isa Kato is also challenging the election of Wadri Sam Nyakua for the Arua City Mayoral race. Kato petitioned the court that the Electoral Commission failed to conduct the elections per the laws. He cites failure to tally results from all 28 Polling Stations.

  Other petitions are Mori Samuel Sidoro who claims that his rival and winner for the Obongi LCV seat Abibu Buga did not possess an Advanced level certificate or its equivalent at the time he was nominated.

Apama Amato Boroa is challenging the election of Obiga Kania as the Terego East County MP. Boroa claims that the names on Kania’s academic documents were different from his actual names.

The other is Robert Onega who petitioned the court against the victory of Hashim Suleiman for the Nebbi Municipality Parliamentary seat.  Onega says that at the time of his nomination, Suleiman was not qualified for election as a Member of Parliament.