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Bukomansimbi NRM Leaders Reject Tribunal Ruling

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.
Shafick Mwanje, Bukomansimbi district NRM chairperson ( in yellow) and Hajji Abdul Katungulu his aide, they have rejected tribunal overturing party primary results

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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 her favour.

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 votes.

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.

   //Cue; (Luganda) “kweyagaliza …   

  Cue out; ….wa Bukomansimbi.”// 

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 its evaluation.

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.