Justice Ssekaana has also announced that he will give direction on how to proceed with Sodo's case after disposing of- off Shartsi 's application on Monday next week.
Sodo Kaguta Mawogola North Parliamentary Candidate
has set Monday next week to decide on whether or not to allow Musherure Shartsi
Kutesa, one of the candidates for the Mawogola North constituency parliamentary
seat to join an application filed by her rival Sodo Aine Kaguta against the
ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party.
Sodo sued NRM for failure to announce
him as its official candidate for the Mawogola North parliamentary seat in
Sembabule district. However,
when the suit came up for hearing on Tuesday before Justice Musa
Ssekaana, Shartsi through
her lawyer David Mpanga asked to be added as a respondent to the suit
claiming that she holds the same position with the NRM electoral body and Central
Executive Committee that neither she nor Sodo won the highly contentious Mawogola
North NRM party primaries.
Shartsi, who seeks to replace
her father and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa, disputed the
outcome of the NRM primaries where she lost to President Museveni's younger
brother, Kaguta on September 30th, 2020. The Sembabule NRM District Returning
Officer, William Katokozi, declared Sodo winner with 17,343 votes followed by
Musherure with 16,104 votes.
Shartsi contested the results and accordingly petitioned
the party elections tribunal arguing that the elections were marred by gross
irregularities. The tribunal chaired by Enoch Barata failed to take a final
decision on the petition and instead forwarded the matter to the Central
Executive Committee-CEC for guidance, which wasn’t provided.
The CEC referred
the matter to the party Vice-Chairperson, Al-Hajj Moses Kigongo who allowed the
two candidates to run as independents. But Sodo is still exploring his chances to be announced as
the NRM candidate while challenging the decision of CEC to cancel his victory
and delaying its decision on his appeal which he states was given after the
gazetted nomination dates for parliamentary elections by the Independent
Justice Ssekaana has also announced that he will give
direction on how to proceed with Sodo's case after disposing of- off Shartsi 's application on
Monday next week.