The High Court in Arua has allowed the State Minister for Lands
Obiga Mario Kania to file five additional affidavits in defence of an election
petition against him.
The court’s decision follows a preliminary hearing of the petition
on Friday in which Apama Amato Boroa one of the contestants in the January 2021
Parliamentary Elections for Terego East petitioned the court seeking
nullification of Kania’s victory on grounds that four of the academic documents
he presented for nominations bear different names.
Two weeks ago, Kania through his Lawyers Ederu and Gama Advocates
presented to court five additional affidavits from people confirming to have studied
with him. However, Boroa‘s lawyer Jimmy Madira of Madira and Company Advocates
demanded that the court rejects the additional affidavits.
On Friday, Justice Boniface Wamala ruled that filing of supplementary
affidavits is not time-bound given the Covid19 lockdown situation that also
restricted the movement of persons. Justice Wamala urged Boroa to instead file additional
evidence to attach his petition.
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Court has granted Boroa up to Monday next week to prepare and file
additional evidence to counter the five supplementary affidavits filed by Kania
before a hearing of the petition is scheduled.