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Judge Advises Bukomansimbi North Rivals to Settle Election Petition Out Of Court

Christine Ndiwalana Nandagire, who contested on the National Unity Platform-NUP ticket was declared the MP for Bukomansimbi North constituency. However, her election is challenged by the former area MP and National Resistance Movement

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Lady Justice Keturah Katunguuka has advised parties in an election petition for Bukomansimbi North Constituency to settle their petition out of court. 

Christine Ndiwalana Nandagire, who contested on the National Unity Platform-NUP ticket was declared the MP for Bukomansimbi North constituency. However, her election is challenged by the former area MP and National Resistance Movement flag bearer Ruth Katushabe, who alleges glaring inconstancies in the respondent’s academic papers.

According to Katushabe’s petition, the respondent uses different names on the academic papers she presented for nominations, which raises suspicions about her true identity.

Katushabe also accused Nandagire of committing other election malpractices that include among others, voter bribery while organizing football tournaments during campaigns, as well as buying alcohol for voters on the polling day.

When both parties appeared to commence hearing of the petition on Tuesday at Masaka High Court, Katushabe through her lawyer Kandeebe Ntabirweki applied to the court, to make amendments in the petition in which they withdrew allegations of bribery against the respondent.

Kandeebe told the court that they wished to concentrate on the first ground which according to them give a lot of merit to the petition above the others. 

When he was granted permission to amend the petition, Justice Katunguuka also advised that both parties to as well consider an out court settlement for the petition.

“You still have time for you to settle this matter out of court,” she indicated, however without expounding into justifications for her plea.

She adjourned the matter to next week on August 24 for further hearing.  

However, Kandeebe indicated that they will not take the advice of the judge, saying they have substantial evidence that can successfully support their petition before the court.

Nandagire said that while she is open to the advice, she is equally not afraid to defend her victory.

//Cue in: (Luganda) “eky’otuula okukkaanya…. 

Cue out; ….wansi tukkanye.”// 

Masaka High court was allocated seven elections petitions.  They include three parliamentary election petitions for Bukomansimbi North Constituency MP, Bukoto West Constituency MP and Rakai district Woman representative.

The others are challenging Lwengo LCV polls, Ntuusi LCIII Chairperson elections in Sembabule district, Bukomansimbi L.CV councillor for Bigasa sub-county, among others.   

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