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Former Minister Kibanzanga, Former Bundibugyo LC V Boss Lose Election Petitions

Kibanzanga’s led counsel, Alfred Makasi told URN shortly after the court verdict that they will study the judgement and decide on the way forward with this client.
Acrobert (clad in NRM's yellow shirt) defeated former minister of state for veterans affairs in January Election

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The former Defence and Veteran Affairs State Minister and Bughendera County MP, Christopher Kibanzanga, has lost his election. Kibanzanga ran to Fort Portal high court challenging the victory of his rival, Acrobert Moses Kiiza.

Kiiza polled 13,897 votes against Kibazanga’s 13,462 votes.  He rejected the poll results citing voter bribery and the existence of ghost voters on the register. He also accused Kiiza of using his phone to commit several electoral offences before and during the elections.   

However, on Monday, Justice Jeanne Rwakakooko dismissed the petition with costs on grounds that the petitioners didn’t provide evidence to support his claims. Kiiza hailed the ruling, saying it is a reaffirmation of the people’s choice of leadership. He accused his rival of fraudulently acquiring the NRM flag during the party primaries. 

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Kibanzanga’s led counsel, Alfred Makasi told URN shortly after the court verdict that they will study the judgement and decide on the way forward with this client.

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Justice Rwakakoko also dismissed with costs the petition filed by former Bundibugyo District LC V Chairperson Richard Mutegeki challenging the victory of Robert Tibakunirwa. Tibakunirwa polled 36,385 votes against 32510 votes garnered by Mutegeki. The former chairperson ran to the court accusing his rival of voter bribery and intimidation. 

However, Justice Rwakakoko threw out the petition citing a lack of evidence.  Tibakunirwa’s lawyer, Ceaser Mateka said the judge was convinced that the candidate was duly nominated and there was no convincing evidence of voter bribery as alleged by the petitioner. 

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Mutegeki’s lawyer, Steven Galabuzi sai told URN that they had not yet formally discussed their next course of action. Tibakunirwa ran as an independent after unsuccessfully challenging the declaration of Mutegeki as the party official flag bearer.

The same court also upheld the victory of Tom Butime as the duly elected Mwenge Central legislator.  His rival, Simon Muhumuza sought to overturn Butiime’s election arguing that he was not eligible for election since he lacked the prerequisite academic documents for election as MP. 

However, the judge dismissed all the grounds in the petition for lack of evidence. Butiime’s lawyer, Victor A. Buisnge, spoke to URN about the ruling.  

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Muhumuza called the judgement “shallow” adding that he has directed his legal team to prepare to challenge the ruling. 

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