Jinja Court Maintains Walyomu as Kagoma County MP

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Alex Brandon Kintu, a runner-up in the race, dragged Muwanika to court, together with the Electoral Commission, for allegedly engaging in electoral malpractice in the run up to the February 18 parliamentary election.

High court in Jinja has dismissed a petition in which the election of Moses Walyomu Muwanika as the parliamentary representative for Kagoma County was being challenged.

Alex Brandon Kintu, a runner-up in the race, dragged Muwanika to court, together with the Electoral Commission, for allegedly engaging in electoral malpractice in the run up to the February 18 parliamentary election.

He cited voter bribery, unlawful fundraising, use of ineligible voters, harassment, intimidation of voters and selective recruiting of polling officials as some of the actions that gave Muwanika edge over his challengers.

But presiding judge Godfrey Namundi told court that the petitioner failed to adduce enough evidence upon which the results would be overturned. He added that some of the evidence in the petition lacked affidavits.

"There was no case of underage voting and multiple voting to justify the claim of illegible people voting and therefore even if there were some cases of malpractice, they had no substantial effect to the outcome of the election," he said before dismissing the case with costs.

Shortly after the ruling, Evans Ochieng, the lawyer who represented the new legislator said the petition lacked merit.

However, the petitioner Alex Brandon Kintu has already instructed his lawyers Julius Galisonga and Alex Luganda to file an appeal, saying the judge might have been influenced.

"Our case was meant to be ruled on Thursday June 16 June at 9am but the judge postponed to Thursday afternoon at 2pm and later to this morning by 9. All this was intended to buy timeā€¦ we shall not relent because we're raising the voice of the voiceless and fighting impunity in elections" Brandon said.

Moses Walyomu Muwanika, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement - NRM party, was declared the winner of the election with 16,391 votes. He was followed by independent candidate Alex Brandon Kintu who secured 14,244 votes. FDC's Timothy Batuwa Lusala came third.