Speaking in court on Wednesday after tense cross-examination by Ssenyonyi’s lawyers, Mukesh who admitted that he got fewer votes than Ssenyonyi, said that the court process will do nothing to settle disagreements on how the Electoral Commission conducted elections in Nakawa West.
Shukla Mukesh alias Shumuk, the former Nakawa West Parliamentary candidate has asked the High court to allow
him and 13 others he contested with on January 14th, 2021 to resolve their election dispute.
Shumuk is challenging
the victory of Joel Ssenyonyi as Nakawa West Member of Parliament on among other grounds lack of the required academic
qualifications and electoral malpractices.
Speaking in court on Wednesday after tense cross-examination by Ssenyonyi’s
lawyers, Mukesh who admitted that he got fewer votes than Ssenyonyi, said that
the court process will do nothing to settle disagreements on how the
Electoral Commission conducted elections in Nakawa West.
“Your Lordship, can I say something?” Mukesh asked Justice Isaac Muwata who told him to go ahead albeit
off the court
record. “This matter should remain between the 14 of us, not with the lawyers.
It should be between the people of Nakawa for the goodness of the
constituency,” Mukesh said without explicitly, saying whether he wanted to withdraw the
Asked what he exactly meant in his request, Mukesh told URN
after the hearing that there is need for the politicians in Nakawa to sit down
and agree on how to develop their area.
//Cue in…what I’m trying
Cue out…only one year
For his part, Joel Ssenyonyi said if indeed Mukesh
wants them to have talks, then he should withdraw the petition, which he describes as frivolous and only aimed
at wasting time.
/Cue in…the reason we
Cue out… him on the head,//
During the cross-examination, Mukesh stated that
if there were no electoral irregularities such as ballot stuffing he would have
race. He scored 806 votes against Ssenyonyi’s 31,653 votes. When asked by Denis Atwijukire, one of
Ssenyonyi’s lawyers to mention only one polling station where he would have
been the winner had there not have been ballot stuffing, Mukesh cited Kiwatule
Parish polling station.
His response sent the
court in a bout of laughter since Mukesh
later told the court that he bagged one
vote against Ssenyonyi’s 365 votes at
Ssenyonyi and Nancy Kirungi, an official from
the Electoral Commission who swore an affidavit opposing the petition were also expected to take the stand for cross-examination.
However, Ssenyonyi arrived in court late forcing the judge
to rule that he be cross-examined on Friday this week. And for Kirungi,
Abubaker Kayondo the lawyer
representing the Electoral Commission said she would not come to court because
she is in self-isolation having contracted COVID-19.
steps to get in touch with the deponent but we received information that she
was indisposed and she was under isolation in accordance with SOPs of Covid-19. This is a matter of health… and in the
alternative, if it can be medically possible, we can have a video link cross-examination,” Kyaondo told the court.
Edias Asimwe, one of Mukesh’s lawyers had asked the court that if
Kirungi is unavailable for cross-examination, then her affidavit be struck off
the court record. In the end, Muwata ruled that Kirungi should be cross-examined via video link on Friday and not Monday as Asimwe had asked in the
interest of saving time. “This case has really taken long…, I’m sick and tired
of your excuses,” Muwata said before adjoining it.