MP Ssekikubo Election Petition Hearing Hits Snag

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Last week, Nkalubo filed two fresh applications seeking an extension of time to allow him challenge Ssekikubos victory through a direct electoral petition as well as appealing the dismissal of his earlier application for vote recount.

Hearing of an election petition against Lwemiyaga county Member of Parliament Theodore Ssekikubo has hit a snag after the two warring parties failed to agree on modalities of service.

Masaka High Court presided over by Justice Flavian Zeija had convened this morning to start hearing two applications filed by Patrick Nkalubo, a former contender for the Lwemiyaga County parliamentary seat. Nkalubo is challenging Ssekikubo's victory on ground that the polls that returned him to parliament were marred with irregularities.

Last week, Nkalubo filed two fresh applications seeking an extension of time to allow him challenge Ssekikubo's victory through a direct electoral petition as well as appealing the dismissal of his earlier application for vote recount.

Hearing of the applications was due to start this morning. But court was suddenly adjourned after the judge learnt that both parties had not exchanged affidavits.

Through his lawyer Tonny Okwenyi, Nkalubo complained that Ssekikubo had not served him will all the affidavits in response to his application as required by the Parliamentary Elections Petition rules. Nkalubo says the move is a deliberate attempt to frustrate the petition.
 
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But Theodore Ssekikubo's Lawyers Caleb Alaka and Samuel Muyizi denied withholding any affidavits, arguing that their opponents intentionally declined to pick them from the court clerk's office where they were deposited in time.
 
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The political rivalry between Nkalubo and Ssekikubo has lasted for the last thirteen years since the duo started contesting for the same parliamentary seat of Lwemiyaga County in Sembabule district, and has since been engaging in protracted legal battles.