Bazzanya, who identifies himself as a builder and businessman, contends that Ssebamala was not validly elected. He argues that the MP-elect through his agents with his full knowledge and consent committed several illegalities and electoral offences during campaigns contrary to the laws governing Parliamentary Election.
Martin Henry Bazzanya,
a voter in Masaka district has run to High Court seeking to overturn the
victory of Richard Ssebamala in the Bukoto Central parliamentary elections.
Ssebamala defeated the
incumbent Bukoto Central MP and Vice president, who was seeking his fifth five-year
elective term. According to the official Electoral Commission result, Ssebamala,
who ran on the Democratic Party-DP, garnered 9,916 votes against Ssekandi’s 4,902
The VP ran on the National Resistance Movement-NRM party ticket. However, Bazzanya, who
identifies himself as a builder and businessman, contends that Ssebamala was
not validly elected. He argues that the MP-elect through his agents with his
full knowledge and consent committed several illegalities and electoral
offences during campaigns contrary to the laws governing Parliamentary
The petitioner also argues that the Electoral Commission erred in nominating
Ssebamala after failing to make due diligence on his nomination papers,
specifically, the voter location slip, which he alleges was forged.
He argues that Ssebamala lied to the Electoral Commission about his polling
station when he erroneously placed himself at Luvunja Playground polling
station in Kyesiiga Sub County yet in the actual sense, he is a voter at St.
Modesta Primary School Bisanje, which is located in Kimanya-Kabonera division
in Masaka city.
Bazzanya also accuses Ssebamala of indulging in acts of voter bribery
throughout the campaign period hence manipulating the electorates to vote for
him basing on rewards and gifts he gave them. He wants Masaka High court
to overturn Ssebamala’s election and order the Electoral Commission to organize
fresh polls in Bukoto Central Constituency.
Ssebamala has not yet
responded to the allegations levelled against him in the petition and he did not
pick repeated calls from our reporter. Nevertheless, one of his campaign
agents, Moses Ssekindu has described the allegations as baseless and fabrication by desperate politicians. He argues that the petitioner is an unknown in the constituency whose election
results he is challenging.