Last week, Christopher Matabi, a voter at Kiteme Church of Uganda Polling Station in Bamunanika county and resident of Nnalongo in Bamunanika Sub-County petitioned the High Court in Kampala, seeking the nullification of Ssekitooleko’s victory.
Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the Bamunanika
County Member of Parliament and Higher Education State Minister has distanced
himself from the petition challenging the victory of his rival and former
campaign manager, Robert Ssekitooleko.
Ssekitooleko, who ran on the National Unity
Platform-NUP party ticket trounced the minister in the January 14, 2021 polls.
He polled 27,850 votes against Muyingo’s 24,463 votes.
The other candidates include Ronald Muyingo, an independent who garnered 1,424 votes; Moses Matovu from the Alliance for
National Transformation-ANT party got 483 votes while the Forum for Democratic
Change-FDC candidate Alex Kalyesubula got 422 votes.
Last week, Christopher Matabi, a voter at Kiteme Church of
Uganda Polling Station in Bamunanika county and resident of Nnalongo in
Bamunanika Sub-County petitioned the High Court in Kampala, seeking the
nullification of Ssekitooleko’s victory.
Through Byamugisha & Company advocates,
Matabi accuses Ssekitooleko and Electoral Commission of voter bribery
and failure to organize free & fair elections respectively. In his
petition, Matabi claims that Ssekitooleko bribed voters before and on the
day at a number of villages including in Buyondo,
Sekamuli, Kalagala and Gayaza.
He claims that Ssekitooleko distributed
between Shillings 10,000 and 200,000 to voters to influence their choice. On the part of the EC, Matabi says results from various
polling stations did not match the number of registered voters. Some of the
affected polling stations are Busiika UMEA A-Z, Busiika NAL-Z & Giliyada
Matabi says that the poor tallying of
results led to the loss of the incumbent who was the rightful winner of the
parliamentary race. Since the issues of the petition came to the limelight word has
been spreading around that Matabi is a front Muyingo.
However, the minister has denied having a hand in the petition. While distributing relief food to residents over the weekend following a devastative storm, Muyingo, said that he conceded defeat,
adding that he will never go to court to overturn his defeat.