Aseya Ozuma, mayor of Lugazi Municipality is still struggling to settle court
costs arising from his suit challenging the results of the 2016 mayoral race. After losing
the mayoral race, Ozuma petitioned Jinja High court to challenge the victory of
his rival and incumbent mayor, Deo Mbabazizi Tumwesigye, who ran on the
National Resistance Movement party ticket.
won the polls with 15, 102 votes against Ozuma’s 11, 011 votes. Ozuma
registered the poll results, saying the elections were fraught with
malpractices and voter bribery. He claimed
that Tumwesigye, bought an ambulance registration number UAT 512F, another vehicle
registration number UAH 755F and tractor, which he donated to youth and farmers
to win their support.
He also accused
Tumwesigye of bribing voters with gifts such as sugar, blankets and mattresses
among others on top of intimidating and chasing away his agents from polling
stations. However, the then Jinja High Court Deputy Registrar, Jesse Byaruhanga
dismissed the application, saying Ozuma, had failed to table evidence to
support his bribery allegations.
him to compensate Tumwesigye Shillings 76 million as costs of the suit. To date,
Ozuma is yet to clear the court costs. He told URN in an interview that he has
been paying the debt in instalments and is currently remaining with a balance
of Shillings 7million.
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On Tuesday, Ozuma,
who ran on the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party ticket defeated Tumwesigye.
He polled 7916 votes against Tumwesigye’s 7393 votes. The NRM candidate, Barker
Ssali came third with 5141 votes.
Nsubuga, a resident of Buikwe district attributes Ozuma’s victory to his persistence. He explains that Ozuma was inspired by the wave that saw voters reject NRM