Balikuddembe has withdrawn the petition citing a lack of enough evidence to sustain the petition. According to Balikuddembe, his petition was frustrated by a court ruling that denied him permission to submit additional evidence to support his complaints.
Joseph Balikuddembe, former contestant for Lwengo L.CV Chairperson position with file containing affidavits supporting an election petition he however withdrew
Joseph Balikuddembe, the loser in the Lwengo District LCV
elections has withdrawn the petition challenging the election of Ibrahim
Balikuddembe who contested on the National Unity Platform-NUP ticket
lost the election to NRM’s Kitatta.
Balikuddembe disputed the results alleging the election that the election
was marred with gross irregularities that included ballot stuffing, voter
intimidation and alteration of results during the tallying processes.
Balikuddembe has however withdrawn the petition citing a lack of enough
evidence to sustain the petition.
According to Balikuddembe, his petition was frustrated by a court
ruling that denied him permission to submit additional evidence to support his
Last week Masaka High Court presided over by Lady Justice Ester
Nambayo turned down Balikuddembe’ application in which he sought to submit to
court 50 affidavits as additional evidence is his petition.
But the court declined Balikuddembe’s application on grounds that he had enough
time within which he could assemble and submit all the evidence.
Although Balikuddemde had earlier filed a notice of appeal against
the ruling, he has surprised the court when he instead returned to entirely
withdraw the petition. He argued that
rejecting his evidence was a great disappointment to his efforts to
successfully challenge the election, saying he has preferred to console himself
and strategize for the next general election in 2026.
“This is a protest against the way I was treated. I have chosen not to waste
more resources in the courts. I’m returning to the voters who will be the best
judges,” he said.
Kitatta noted that he has been saved from the time he was going to
waste in court. Kitatta however, indicated that he was ready to defend
his victory which he says was legitimately earned.
Kitatta won the polls with 24,821 votes while Balikuddembe had 18,614