A court case challenging the victory of Lwemiyaga MP-elect Theodore Ssekikubo has taken a dramatic twist with the High Court Masaka blocking a magistrate’s order to degazette him.
On Thursday, Masaka Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe ordered that Ssekikubo was illegally listed in the national gazette and ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to withdraw his name pending hearing and disposal of a miscellaneous application seeking for a vote recount filed by his political arch rival Patrick Nkalubo.
However, the following day (Friday) Masaka High Court Registrar, Baker Rwatooro order a stay of execution of the Magistrate’s order pending hearing of the main application challenging Ssekikubo’s victory.
“…the execution of the de- gazettement order be stayed pending the hearing and disposal of Misc.App.No.58 of 2016 fixed for hearing on the 13th day of May 2016 or until further orders by this court,” added the court.
Mr Ssekikubo ,who was the ruling NRM flag-bearer was declared winner of Lwemiyaga County parliamentary seat with 9,272 votes, beating Mr Nkalubo (ind.) who garnered 8,074 votes followed by Wilber Nahwera (157 votes) and Andrew Ankunda (68 votes).
But through an application filed on February 26, Mr Nkalubo challenged the results arguing that they were not genuine thus asking court to nullify them and eventually order for a re-count.