The High Court in Mpigi has directed Gomba Woman Member of
Parliament, Silvia Nayebale and her rival, Betty Sentamu to settle the petition out of court.
High Court Judge Richard Wabwire Wejuli gave two days to both parties to hold
mediation meetings and reach an agreement.
Justice Wejuli appointed Vianney Sekassi to mediate between the two parties and
report the outcome of the mediation to court on Friday. Justice Wejuli made the
directive at the pre-trial session on Wednesday.
In March Sentamu petitioned the High Court in Mpigi challenging the election of
Nayebale alleging that she was not validly elected because the election was
marred by voter bribery and intimidation. She petitioned against Nayebale and
the Electoral Commission-EC.
Court documents indicate that in the January elections, Nayebale, a candidate
of the ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM won the elections with 30,253
votes against Sentamu’s 22,657 votes.
Through her lawyers, Sentamu of the opposition National Unity Platform – NUP,
is seeking court orders that she be declared MP and or fresh elections be
conducted because the January 14 polls were marred with a lot of illegal
actions and election offences that were in contravention of the laws substantially
affected the election.
She alleges that in some polling stations, there are voters who
were registered twice on the register and that at least 40 people did not vote
either by refusal to agree to be ticked for, shifting from one area to another
and because some have died.
It is alleged that at Kiruli Kangenyi Polling Station, Joyce Namuddu was put at
gunpoint by Nayebale’s supporter and the youth chairperson for Gomba District,
Kissakyamukama Yiga forced her to allow unauthorized voters to cast votes at
the polling station.
Sentamu alleges that at Maddu Town headquarters, Sarah Namugga was
beaten and stopped from declaring results at the polling station as the declaration
of result forms were torn by Nayebale’s supporters leading to zero percent
voter turn up yet 300 people had voted at the polling station.
Ssentamu said that the elections were not free and fair but if
they present the Biometric machines to verify if the information on declaration
result forms tally with their information on voters.
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