While delivering the ruling on Monday from the Gulu High Court, Npalo Nasulu Hussein the Deputy Registrar, Gulu High Court said that Ojera`s petition lacked substance. He dismissed the petition with costs.
New APG Chairperson Anthony Akol. Courtesy Photo
The High Court in Gulu has upheld the election of Anthony Akol, as
the Member of Parliament for Kilak North County in Amuru district.
The court ruled that Akol of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party was
the duly elected MP and consequently dismissed a petition by his close competitor
Christopher Ojera of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
Ojera petitioned the High Court to annul the election of Akol citing irregularities,
voter bribery, and malpractices perpetuated by his rival.
According to the poll results declared by Gertrude Ajwang Obua, the Amuru
district registrar, Akol emerged the winner with 6,534 votes against Ojera`s
However, Ojera claimed that the Apaa Primary School,
Apaa Health Centre and Apaa Market polling stations in Apaa
Township with about 5,000 voters were not under Amuru district but in Mungula
Parish in Adjumani District.
While delivering the ruling on Monday from the Gulu High Court, Npalo Nasulu
Hussein the Deputy Registrar, Gulu High Court said that Ojera`s petition lacked
substance. He dismissed the petition with costs.
Through his lawyer Hassan Kamba of Atuhire Kamba Company Advocates, Ojera
expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling noting that they will appeal the
ruling in the courts of appeal.
Akol who is also the Chairperson of Acholi Parliamentary Group (APG) welcomed
his victory and said that he will focus on serving the people in his
constituency and the country at large.
Akol`s lawyer Geoffrey Komakech said that they will file an application for compensation
of 500 Million Shillings in the next two weeks for their time, expenses, and
damages incurred in the suit.
The Kilak North Parliamentary race attracted eight candidates. The others are
Ocan John Bosco, Christopher Odongkara, Julius Omony, David Okello, Tugume
Julius, and Simba Francis, all Independent candidates.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc