Gibson Amanya was yesterday notified by the Kamwenge district returning officer, George William Magezi, that his candidature had been nullified by the Electoral Commission.
The National Unity Platform - NUP party candidate is protesting
disqualification from the Kibale County parliamentary race in Kamwenge
Gibson Amanya was on Wednesday notified by the Kamwenge district returning
officer, George William Magezi, that his candidature had been nullified by the
According to Magezi, Amanya was duly nominated on October 15 after he fulfilled
Magezi, however, says that after his nomination, two of his
supporters petitioned the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, arguing that
an undisclosed agent of Amanya had obtained their signatures after deceiving
them that he was a National Resistance Movement - NRM aspirant.
The two are Charles Kakuru and William Ainomugisha, both residents of Kamwenge
The returning officer adds that the Electoral Commission summoned Amanya and
the two petitioners to the headquarters in Kampala where they reportedly said
that Amanya's agent had lied to them that he is an NRM aspirant.
Magezi also says that Amanya admitted the signatures were obtained by an
undisclosed agent and it could be possible that the two were misinformed about
It is against this background that the Commission's Chairperson, Justice Simon
Byabakama, nullified Amanya's candidature, saying that it was contravening
Section 11(1) (a) of the Parliamentary Elections Act which requires that
nomination of a candidate to be made by two registered voters appearing in
person tendering to the returning officer.
"That the decision of the Returning Officer, Kamwenge District nominating
Mr Gibson Amanya is hereby reversed," reads Byamukama's letter to Kakuru
dated November 4.
According to the letter that URN has seen, Byamukama says that he derived his
powers from Article 61(1) (f) of the Constitution of Uganda which empowers him
to reverse the decision of the returning officer.
But Amanya says that when he was summoned by Byabakama about two weeks ago, he
went and the petitioners said that no one misinformed them about his party and
that it is him who sought the signatures and not his agent.
"The said petitioners told the Electoral Commission that they knew me very
well. So I asked them what their problem was but they didn't tell me anything.
As a result, the commission asked us to leave and promised to get back to me. I
got shocked yesterday when I learnt that my candidature had been
nullified," he says.
Amanya adds that he did not have an idea the Electoral Commission was going to
deliver such a ruling in his absence.
"I went to the field myself and collected the signatures myself. Do you
want to say that the petitioners did not know the NRM flag bearer? They knew me
very well. Someone must be trying to use them against me," Amanya
He says that he is now liaising with his lawyers to seek court redress, adding
that it could be a planned move to frustrate his political ambitions since
radio stations in Kamwenge have been also denying him a platform.
When contacted, Kakuru said he could not give an elaborate comment about the
matter because he had not yet received Byabakama's letter.
But Magezi says that all the parties are aware of the decision by the Electoral
Commission and the aggrieved can appeal it in court.
Amanya had been nominated with NRM candidate and incumbent Eng Cuthbert Mirembe
who is now unopposed in the race.
Bureau Chief, Tooro Sub-Region