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High Court Sets Date for Hearing Election Petition Against Minister Muhwezi

Turyamuhweza petitioned the court saying that there was voter bribery and ballot stuffing. He also accused Muhwezi of conniving with security officials in the district to intimidate and chase away his agents and supporters from polling stations on polling day.
Minister Jim Muhwezi consulting his lawyer Mwesigwa Rukutana outsidecourt in Kabale (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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The High Court in Kabale has set September 1 as the date it will hear an election petition against Jim Muhwezi, the Minister for Security.

Muhwezi, the National Resistance Movement -NRM party flag bearer emerged winner of the Rujumbura County MP seat with 23,990 votes. He defeated the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party flag bearer Fred Turyamuhweza who got 20,556 votes.

Turyamuhweza petitioned the court saying that there was voter bribery and ballot stuffing. He also accused Muhwezi of conniving with security officials in the district to intimidate and chase away his agents and supporters from polling stations on polling day.

On Friday, Muhwezi who was accompanied by his lawyer Mwesigwa Rukutana and Eric Sabitti, the lawyer representing the electoral commission appeared at Kabale High Court for scheduling.  Turyamuhweza who did not show up was represented by his political assistant Aloysius Mugarura and lawyer Jude Byamukama.

Justice Phillip Odoki, set September 1 to start the hearing.  Odoki also asked Muhwezi to file the last additional affidavits today.  Odoki also allowed Turyamuhweza to present both audio and video evidence before the court.

Turyamuhweza’s political assistant, Aloysius Mugarura says that Turyamuhweza is ready with enough evidence to pin Muhwezi.

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Rukutana described Turyamuhweza’s accusations as tantrums of a bad loser.  

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