Mugasa who contested with Kaboyo in the Hoima Mayoral Race filed the petition before Masindi High Court alleging that Kaboyo committed numerous electoral offences before and during the polls which were held early this year, by engaging in voter bribery and malpractice.
State Minister for Public Service Grace
Mary Mugasa has withdrawn an election
petition she had filed against Hoima City Mayor Brian Kaboyo.
who contested with Kaboyo in the Hoima Mayoral Race filed the petition before Masindi High Court alleging that
Kaboyo committed numerous electoral offences before and during the polls which were held early this year, by engaging in voter bribery and malpractice.
polled 12, 451 to beat Mugasa, the incumbent in the race which attracted three other candidates. Mugasa had 12, 298
votes, while the other candidates; Dan Kaija of Uganda People’s Congress-UPC had 315 votes, Rashid Tumusiime of the National Unity Platform, managed 303
votes and Wyclif Tumusiime of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC, came last
with 215 votes.
while appearing before Justice Musa Sekaana for the hearing of the petition at
Masindi High Court today, Mugasa’s lead lawyer Brian Othieno requested the court
to have the case withdrawn. Othieno told the court that the decision was necessitated by the need to foster peace and
harmony in the National Resistance Movement-NRM party to which both Mugasa and
added that the decision was also reached in the spirit of reconciliation
between both parties and the people of Hoima city. However,
Othieno requested the court to let both parties bear their own election and
court costs in order to achieve reconciliation.
Kaboyo’s lead lawyer Kenneth
Nsubuga did not object to Othieno’s request to withdraw
the petition but objected to the request seeking the parties to incur their
own costs. Nsubuga argued that the petitioner withdrew the case long after the
respondent incurred costs and requested the court to award costs to the respondent.
Sekaana concurred with the submission and he accordingly awarded
half costs to the respondent.
after the court session, Kaboyo welcomed Mugasa’s gesture which he termed as a
relief to him and that it will enable him to co-operate with her in developing
Hoima city and for the good of their party. He added that they will seat and
sort out the issues amicably.
in; "I want to…
out…in Hoima City.”//
Mugasa said that she was not forced to withdraw the case revealing she did it
in the interest of the NRM party and to promote peace and unity among the
people of Hoima city and the entire Bunyoro sub-region. She
called for peace, unity and above all reconciliation among all the NRM supporters
in Hoima City adding that she will engage Kaboyo on how they can handle the issues of costs, they incurred in court.
in; ”As a member…
out…without any condition.”//
becomes the second petitioner to withdraw an election petition from Masindi High Court. On Monday Wilson Isingoma Mugimba withdrew a petition he had filed
against Masindi district chairperson Cosmas Byaruhanga.