Through his lawyer Hadson Katumba, Sserwanga asked the court presided over by Justice Margaret Apiny to accept his withdrawal filed before the court on 8th September 2021.
Sserwanga, one of the petitioners in the Katikamu South parliamentary election
petition has withdrawn his petition against the Electoral Commission.
Through his lawyer Hadson Katumba, Sserwanga asked the court presided over by
Justice Margaret Apiny to accept his withdrawal filed before the court on 8th
His lawyers did not give a reason for the withdrawal but noted that the Parliamentary
Elections Petitions rules of 2006 provide for alternative resolutions. He said
that Sserwanga and the Electoral Commission entered a consent withdrawal
"The petitioner (Sserwanga) and the respondent (EC) agreed to have the
matter withdrawn and file a notice of consent withdrawal and the court is
nearby moved to enter the same as consent judgment," said Katumba before
Justice Margaret Apiny accepted the same.
Sserwanga had sued the Electoral Commission for failing to include his name on
the final Declaration form of results yet he was nominated and elected.
His case was consolidated with that of Patricia Magara who sued Hassan Kirumira
and the Electoral Commission challenging Kirumira’s victory citing election
irregularities. Although the cases were consolidated, Justice Apiny declined an
application by Magara and Sserwanga to amend their application to re-align with
the new facts following the consolidation.
Apiny ordered the petitioners to have their affidavits re-administered after
original ones were sworn before an unlicensed Commissioner of Oaths. The
justice ordered that the content of the affidavits should not be changed and
that petitioners should file to court and serve to the respondents the
re-administered affidavits by 7th September 2021.
Ronald Ruhinda, the lawyer representing Hassan Kirumira and Twaha Kabuye for
the Electoral Commission told the court that the Sserwanga had defied court
orders and served the respondents with the administered affidavits late.
They said that they had been served on Wednesday 8. They also told the court
that the petitioner had introduced new affidavits while other witnesses’
affidavits were removed yet the court had ordered that the content of the
affidavits should not be changed. They asked the court to dismiss the
re-administered Affidavits saying the acts of the petitioner was contempt of
petitioner's lawyer Julius Turinawe told the court that he had been ambushed
into a trial. He says while lawyers of the respondents wrote to court raising
the matter made submissions on the same before the court, he was not notified.
He asked the court to grant him time to respond.
adjourned the matter to Saturday 11th September 2021.
contested on the National Resistance Movement-NRM ticket alleges that Ssenabulya
Alex Nathan was put on the ballot paper yet he was not nominated as a candidate
in the elections. She argues that the Electoral Commission made glaring errors
and false entries into the Declaration Forms which had a significant impact on
the final results.
The Electoral Commission declared Hassan Kirumira of the National Unity
Platform as the winner of the January 14th elections having polled 21,197 votes
against 8,132 votes garnered by Magara who came second.
Other candidates were Alfred Muwanga who obtained 9,798 votes, Abubaker Kalume
who got 6,528 votes, Edward Ssembatya Ndawula got 1,659 votes, George Ssemakula
554 votes and Ssenabulya Alex Nathan had 297 votes.