Galisonga, a candidate of the Forum for Democratic change-FDC party petitioned the court challenging Katuntu’s declaration as the elected Member of Parliament for Bugweri County citing malpractices in the January 2021 general election.
Walyomu’s lawyer, Ben Ssemanda told URN that his client complied with all the legal requirements while changing his name in 2009, adding that there was no need for the petitioner to sue him over the same.
Nasser Ashraf was declared the winner of the South Division mayoral seat with 6,910 votes while Musisi, his main challenger polled 4,973 votes. Musisi however contested the results arguing that the election was marred with irregularities, which affected the final outcome of the exercise.
Musumba had filed the petition before the High Court in Jinja faulting both Kadaga and Electoral Commission for allegedly orchestrating irregularities, which affected the outcome of the January 2021 general election.
During the hearing on Tuesday, Galisonga’s lawyer, John Isabirye explained that they filed their petition on March 24, 2021, and the first respondent filed their response on April 6, 2021. He noted that it was inappropriate for the respondents to file supplementary affidavits three months later.
“As a kingdom, we are under no obligation to make political commentary over the election processes of the speaker of parliament of the republic, but we cannot say that, all is well with us, because our prayer was that we get more and more of our illustrious sons and daughters in more lucrative positions without losing any, we didn’t see this coming and we didn’t know the scheme was deep, well calculated and spirited,” he said in a statement.
On Thursday, Justice Luswata however, argued that, since election petitions are matters of public interest, it was prudent to follow the right rules and procedures involved in serving such petitions, to avoid cases of prejudice. Luswata further directed the petitioner to serve the respondents’ lawyers with certified copies of the petition in two days.
On Wednesday, Musumba’s lawyer, John Isabirye informed the court presided over by the Jinja High Court Registrar, Fred Waninda that they have tried to serve Kadaga or her lawyers in vain, which prompted to file an application for substituted service.
Led by Andrew Muwanguzi, the NUP’s coordinator for Eastern Uganda, the members petitioned the Eastern Regional Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC officer Betty Enangu. In the petition, NUP accuses security personnel of abducting their supporters and subjecting them to different forms of torture.
When our reporter revisited the polling station, the revelation threw whoever heard about it into laughter wondering where Katumba got such votes. “Are you talking about Katumba oyee? They asked, before erupting into laughter. That is not possible, another resident exclaimed. Several bodaboda riders near the polling station were amazed that this had happened in their area.
Francis Lanyo, the Democratic Party flag bearer for the PWDs position in Northern Uganda says that he was nominated on 23rd November and the time frame of three weeks is not enough for him to campaign all over the country.
Forum for democratic change’s-FDC election supervisor, Saleh Muwanguzi says that EC should thoroughly investigate the issue of broken seals as it kills the morale of some voters who may assume that, since the ballot boxes are tampered with, their votes are not necessary.