Court in Kabale has struck off Hajji Ahmed Naduli Musisi, the Kabale District
Electoral Commission Registrar from the Ndorwa County East election petition.
Begumisa filed a petition against the winner Wilfred Niwagaba. Niwagaba
got 15,962 votes while Begumisa who was the National Resistance Movement (NRM)
party flag bearer got 15,826 votes.
challenged the results and petitioned the court. Begumisa through his lawyer
Justus Muhangi sued Niwagaba together with the Electoral Commission. He also
sued Hajji Ahmed Naduli Musisi, the Kabale District Electoral Commission
Returning Officer as an individual.
accuses Niwagaba of rigging, voter bribery, and harassing his agents. According
to the petition, Niwagaba connived with his brother-in-law Alexander Kyokwijuna,
a business consultant and a resident of Kigarama in maziba sub-county and
harassed his agents especially in the sub-counties of Maziba and Buhara.
also alleges that Niwagaba connived with the police officers who had been
deployed in Ndorwa East to rig his victory. He also argues that at the
tally centre, Niwagaba connived with Nadulli to alter the results in Niwagaba’s
During a scheduling
meeting last week, Eric Sabiiti, the Electoral Commission lawyer raised a
preliminary objection against Begumisa for suing Naduli as an individual. He
argued that is against the law.
lawyers led by Medard Lubega Ssegona, the Busiro County East Constituency MP
and Theodero Ssekikubo, the Lwemiyaga county MP raised preliminary objections
against Begumisa’s petition and demanded that it be quashed with costs on
arguments that he did not have proper affidavits.
said that Begumisa’s supplementary affidavits have an anomaly because they were
filed and sworn in instalments yet filing should be done at once.
Phillip Odoki, upheld Sabiti’s preliminary objection and struck off Naduli from
the petition with costs and saying that reasons will be in the judgment. Odoki
also overruled all other objections saying that they lack merit.
The court is
yet to fix the date for the hearing of the petition.