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Judge Advises Gomba District Woman MP Seat Rivals to Settle Petition Out Of Court

Justice Wejuli appointed Vianney Sekassi to mediate between the two parties and report the outcome of the mediation to court on Friday.
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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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