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Court Quashes Election Petition Against Masindi Woman MP

Delivering his verdict on Tuesday, Justice Musa Ssekaana noted that the petitioner failed to provide substantial evidence to prove the allegations against Asiimwe.
Dr Florence Asiimwe,who has been declared by court as the duly elected woman MP for Masindi.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
Justice Musa Ssekaana has quashed a petition challenging the election of Dr. Florence Asiimwe as Masindi Woman Member of parliament. 

He delivered the verdict in his ruling at Masindi High court on an application filed by Asiimwe’s rival, Mildred Kakusya Kahombo     

Asiimwe won the Masindi Woman MP set with 44,680 votes against 27,950 votes garnered by Kahombo while Lilian Kasangaki came third with 10,686 votes.  

Kahombo rejected the poll results and accused the Electoral Commission of nominating her rival without resigning her former job as Health and Education Minister in Bunyoro Kitara kingdom in violation of the parliamentary election act, the institution of traditional or cultural leader’s acts 2011 and the 1995 constitution of Uganda as amended.

Kahombo further contended that Asiimwe used her position as Health and Education Minister in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and kingdom contacts and resources to cause undue influence and solicit votes for herself. She also claimed that the election was fraught with electoral malpractices and voter bribery executed by Asiimwe’s camp.

Delivering his verdict on Tuesday, Justice Musa Ssekaana noted that the petitioner failed to provide substantial evidence to prove the allegations against Asiimwe. He also observed that Kahombo has no basis to be declared the winning candidate in an election where she only polled 35.54% of the votes against Asiimwe who garnered 52.02% of the votes.

He said the applicant wants to impose herself on the electorate through the ventilator after failing to go through the door.  He argued that Kahombo was rejected by more than half of the electorate and therefore cannot seek to be declared a winner. 

Asiimwe applauded the court verdict and the people of Masindi for entrusting her with their votes, saying the truth has come out. Kahombo told URN that she was studying the ruling and consult her lawyers on the way forward.   

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