the National Unity Platform candidate for the Kampala Central Parliamentary
seat has lost his bid for a vote recount. In her ruling delivered this
afternoon, the Mengo Chief Magistrate, Esther Nansambu says Nyanzi ran to court
on hearsay, without any evidence warranting a vote recount.
said her court lacks jurisdiction on the prayers made by Nyanzi in his vote
recount application. Nansambu, therefore, dismissed the application with costs.
Nyanzi ran to court after losing to the incumbent Kampala Central Member of
Parliament, Muhammad Nsereko. The incumbent
garnered 16,998 votes against Nyanzi’s 15,975.
petition, Nyanzi claimed that the voting process and counting were marred by
malpractices and irregularities committed by both the Electoral Commission
officials and Nsereko’s agents. He also accused some presiding officers of
denying his agents access to at least 53 voting areas.
He cited different
polling stations including Summit View, Nakasero 1 and 2, Hoima Flats among
others where his agents were reportedly blocked from accessing voting areas. He
said as a result, his agents were unable to sign the results declaration forms.
Nyanzi also accused Nsereko and his agents of altering the declaration of
result forms and destroying original copies of the forms among others.
He also claimed that he did
audit, which showed that 2,577 votes couldn't be accounted for since they
were not given to any candidate. He therefore
wanted court to order a recount of votes from Balikudembe Primary School, KCC
Primary School polling stations, Seroma Parking Yard, All saints, Martin Road,
Old Kampala SS, National Theatre, Nakivubo Road, Basajjabala Taxi Park, Kampala
Library, Bombo Road among others.
that was jointly sued with Nsereko asked the court to dismiss the application,
arguing that the applicant built his case on hearsay and didn’t produce any
evidence to back the claims. In her ruling, Nansambu concurred with the submission
of the EC lawyer, Hamidu Lugoloobi that the application was based on hearsay. She explained that the applicants failed to
produce any affidavit, the said unsigned declaration of result forms and names of his
agents who were chased from polling stations as alleged.
also said that the applicant didn’t help guide court on where to find the missing 2,577 votes, saying he
was on a fishing expedition such that court can help him to build his case. She
disclosed that all the declaration of result forms before the court were duly
signed by Nyanzi's agents. She advised him to turn his guns to his polling
agents other than pointing them at Nsereko and the Electoral Commission.
also advised Nyanzi to establish whether his agents had turned into double agents since they signed the
declaration forms contrary to his allegations. Nyanzi's lawyers led by
George Musisi, have promised to appeal the magistrate’s ruling in High Court.
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Nsereko's supporters couldn’t hold
their excitement shortly after the court ruling. They jubilated while singing “Esepiki
and Esigili Kati Zaake" literally meaning the saucepans and stove light.