Okumu, who is now seeking sixth term re-election as Aswa County MP under the FDC ticket, says the pending ruling by the Court of Appeal is still bothering him whether he was legitimately elected or not.
Okumu, the Aswa County MP has raised concerns about delays by
the Court of
Appeal to rule on an election petition he filed five years ago.
Before the 2016 elections, Okumu petitioned the Court of Appeal after his
December 2015 nomination as Forum for Democratic Change – FDC flag bearer for
Aswa County Constituency by the Electoral Commission - EC was halted by Gulu
followed allegations filed before the court by Christopher Acire who challenged
Okumu’s nominations on grounds that he was wrongly handed the FDC flag without
undergoing the requisite party primary election.
Court ruled against Okumu and the EC subsequently stripped him of the FDC
symbol while Acire was declared the party’s flag bearer with the symbol of the
key. Okumu filed a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal which granted an
interim order of stay of the orders in Gulu High Court.
who is now seeking sixth term re-election as Aswa County MP under the FDC
ticket, says the pending ruling by the Court of Appeal is
still bothering him whether he was legitimately elected or not.
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Okumu, says that early this year, he petitioned the Court of Appeal to have the
case disposed of before he could commence his re-election bid but nothing has
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According to him, the justice system of the country is extremely frustrating
due to unnecessary bureaucracies but emphasized that he will still seek a final
ruling of the Court of Appeal for the record.
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Muyita, the Judiciary Spokesperson couldn’t readily confirm the status of the
case before the Court of Appeal. However, he asked for more time to consult the
court’s registry for an appropriate response.
Whereas Okumu polled 16,859 votes as opposed to Acire’s 5,316 votes during the
elections, Acire further challenged the victory in Gulu High Court citing
non-compliance with the electoral laws but the matter was dismissed with cost.
To date, the cost has never been estimated by the court.
David Matovu who presided over the petition ruled that there was no evidence of
no-compliance with the electoral laws in the conduct of the elections and
reaffirmed that Okumu was validly elected.
In October this year, the FDC party leadership resolved tensions between Okumu
and Acire through dialogue. As a means of good gesture, Acire opted to contest
as maiden mayor of Gulu City leaving Okumu to maintain his dominance of Aswa