Lugazi Municipality Mayor Retains Seat

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In short
Deo Mbabazi Tumwesigye won the mayoral seat with 15,102 votes under the National Resistance Movement ticket, beating Social Development Party-SDP candidate JB Aseya Onzuma who garnered 11,011 votes in elections held in March 2016. Aseya however petitioned court challenging the victory of Tumwesigye alleging that the election was not free and fair citing several malpractices.

The High Court in Jinja has dismissed a petition against the election of Lugazi Municipality Mayor Deo Mbabazi Tumwesigye.

Tumwesigye won the mayoral seat with 15,102 votes under the National Resistance Movement ticket, beating Social Development Party-SDP candidate JB Aseya Onzuma who garnered 11,011 votes in elections held in March 2016.

Aseya however petitioned court challenging the victory of Tumwesigye alleging that the election was not free and fair citing several malpractices.

Aseya, through his lawyers of Alaka and Company Advocates, argued that Tumwesigye during the campaigns bribed voters by buying for them an ambulance registration number UAT 512F. He also reportedly bought a car registration number UAH 755F and donated it to the youth for driving lessons and a tractor which was given to farmers.

Aseya also argued that Tumwesigye bribed the voters by giving them gifts such as sugar, blankets, and mattresses among others. He told court that his agents were intimidated and chased away from the polling stations while others were beaten and imprisoned.

However, in his ruling the high court deputy registrar Jesse Byaruhanga noted that the petitioner failed to produce evidence about the bribery allegations. Court ordered Aseya to pay costs to Tumwesigye.

Speaking to journalists after the court ruling, Aseya said that he was going to consult his legal team to see whether to appeal the ruling or not.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).