Kisoro District LC V Chairperson, Milton Bazanye Mutabazi has withdrawn his
election petition against his national resistance movement-NRM party rival, Abel Bizimana. Mutabazi lost to Bizimina
in the LC V chairperson polls held on January 20th, 2021.
He garnered 13,234 votes against 55,567 votes polled by his rival. Mutabazi
rejected the poll results and petitioned the High court through his lawyers of Matovu Katerega and Company Advocates demanding
the nullification of Bizimana’s victory on grounds that he used forged academic documents.
But he claimed that during
his nomination, Bizimana presented a transcript of a Master’s
Degree in Health Science from Uganda Martyrs University yet there is evidence that
he did not complete Advanced Level as well as a Bachelor’s degree. However, on August 26th, 2021, Mutabazi applied
to the high court withdrawing the application, which was granted by the Kabale High Court Assistant Registrar, Julius Chaka Borore on Monday.
Chaka ordered both parties to meet their own costs of the suit. Shortly after the court decision, Mutabazi told our reporter
that he decided to drop the petition in the interest of peace in Kisoro
district but didn’t divulge details. Bizimana welcomed Mutabazi’s
decision to withdraw the petition and described
it as a great achievement.
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He also revealed that they had several reconciliation meetings mediated by political elders
for fear that the clash between the two could fuel division among voters. According to Bizimana, however much he wanted Mutabazi to pay him damages, he has to respect the court
decision and forgiven him.
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During the scheduling meeting at Kabale High court on August 19th,
2021, Justice Phillip Odoki rejected Mutabazi’s application to summon Education Ministry officials and administrators from Uganda Martyrs University to
confirm the authenticity of Bizimana’s academic
Mutabazi’s lawyer, Akram Matovu of Matovu
Katerega and Company Advocates had asked the court to summon top officials from MOES and the National
Council for Higher Education to appear before the court to defend the
legitimacy of Bizimana’s academic credentials.
He also asked the court to summon Uganda Martyrs University top management to explain
why they admitted Bizimana to pursue a Master’s degree yet he had no Bachelor’s degree. He also said that the University needs to explain
how Bizimana was admitted to the university in 2007 and graduated in
However, Bizimana’s lawyers Solomon Sadam and Alex Kibandama of Ortus Africa
Advocates asked the court to reject the application, saying that the trial of the election petition is only based on
evidence that was filed but not cross-examination.
They also said that Mutabazi and his lawyers had not indicated their decision to summon officials
from the education ministry and Uganda Martyrs University
in their affidavits before the court. On his ruling,
Justice Phillip Odoki rejected Mutabazi’s application and promised to give the reasons in
the full judgement. Mutabaizi’s lawyer went asked leave of court to
file additional affidavits to pin Bizimana, which was opposed by his lawyers.