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Owebeyi Files Ten More Affidavits to Boost Petition Against NRMs' Eddie Kwizera

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Owebeyi told the fresh affidavits are from witnesses testifying that the polls were a sham. He claims that due to the wrong names on the ballot papers, many voters didn’t participate in the elections while others made the wrong choices.
Copy of ballot papers that were used in Bukimbiri county where names displayed were not corresponding with Photos of candidates

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James Owebeyi, the former candidate for the Bukimbiri county parliamentary elections in Kisoro the district has filed ten additional affidavits to boost his petition against the election of his rival, Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu.  

Owebeyi ran on the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party ticket and lost to Kwizera, the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate. Kwizera was declared the winner with 11,821 votes while Owebeyi garnered 107 votes in the January 2021 polls.

However, Owebeyi rejected the poll results, saying the election was marred with irregularities. He argued that although the ballot papers carried their photos,  they carried names of candidates in Ruhinda South County in Mitooma district candidates.

The ballots had the names of Arthur Kazoora Atuzarirwe, the NRM candidate for Ruhinda South County, FDC rival, Didas Byaruhanga Kagyinda and independent candidates Victor Atwiine, and Donzio Kahonda Mugabe. 

Through his lawyer, Jude Byamukama of Jbyamukama & Company Advocates, Owebeyi filed 10 additional affidavits before the Kabale High court registrar, Julius Chaka Borore on Wednesday.  They are in addition to an affidavit he filed in March while filing his petition.

Owebeyi told the fresh affidavits are from witnesses testifying that the polls were a sham. He claims that due to the wrong names on the ballot papers, many voters didn’t participate in the elections while others made the wrong choices. 

Owebeyi wants the court to nullify Kwizera’a win and order for fresh elections.  

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In April this year, the same court allowed Owebeyi to serve Kwizera through the media after failing to trace him for a month without success. Daniel Nayebare, the Kisoro District Returning Officer who has admitted that there were errors on the ballot papers in March this year, says the candidates agreed that voting continues.   

Nayebare said that the candidates agreed that since most voters didn’t know how to read, they would vote based on the party symbols and their photos.  Justice Phillip Odoki is scheduled to meet today with the parties and their legal teams to schedule the dates

of hearing the petitions.   

The same court will also hear the petition of Fred Turyamuhweza Tumuheirwe, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change -FDC party candidate against his NRM rival, Jim Katugugu Muhwezi and Rujumbura County parliamentary seat and that of Protazio Begumisa, NRM party candidates who lost the Ndorwa east county seat to Wilfred Niwagaba.     

The court will also hear a petition by Independent candidate Milton Bazanye Mutabazi, the former Kisoro District Chairman who lost to the incumbent and NRM’s, Abel Bizimana.