The National Resistance Movement- NRM party leaders in Bukomansimbi
district have rejected the tribunal’s ruling on the disputed primaries.
On Friday, the NRM tribunal set up to look into the petitions
arising out of the party primaries conducted on September 4 overturned the
election of Hajj Idi Lubyayi Kisiki as the party parliamentary flag bearer for
Bukomansimbi North Constituency.
The ruling delivered by Enoch Barata, the NRM tribunal chairperson
arise from a petition by the incumbent Bukomansimbi North MP Ruth Katushabe in
which she challenged the party polls results that put her second to Kisiki.
Pere Ssemakula, the NRM Electoral Commission Registrar for Bukomansimbi
District had declared Kisiki the official NRM flag bearer for Bukomansimbi
North Constituency MP seat after winning the primaries with 8,130 votes beating
Katushabe who scored 6,167 votes.
But Katushabe challenged the results alleging omission in the
tallying process in which two villages were not captured.
She presented her petition with the declaration of Results-DR
forms from the two villages of Kikaayu and Kipeyu which she claimed had not to
be included on the final tally, forcing the tribunal to overturn the results in
The tribunal in its ruling declared the petitioner the winner of the party flag
with 9,085 votes against the respondent whose final results were 8,972
However, the party leaders in Bukomansimbi led by Shafick Mwanje
the district NRM chairperson have rejected the tribunal ruling arguing that the
decision was not based on facts.
According to Mwanje, Katushabe duped the tribunal into making a
ruling in her favour, after she presented a forged declaration of results forms
from non-existent villages in the area. He insists that results from the
254 villages were tallied before the final declaration was made.
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He has also faulted the tribunal of not exercising due diligence
before taking such decisions on the petitions. He adds that the tribunal’s
findings will create sharp divisions in the party.
“We are not going to accept manufactured results and nobody will
accept her as our flag bearer, let them and locate for us where those villages
are” he furiously noted.
Lubyayi has also suspected foul play in the way the tribunal conducts
He wondered why they did not summon the district party electoral
officials to explain what happened on the polling day. He has described the
petitioner as a bad loser who doesn’t want to concede defeat.
Lubyayi has challenged the party tribunal to find time and visit
the area such that they can facts about the petition instead of making
judgements that will confuse the party membership in the area.
But Esau Isingoma, a member of the NRM elections tribunal has
asked the aggrieved parties to formally forward the grievances for review.