Entebbe MP, workers rep. survive election petitions  



High Court in Kampala has upheld the election of Entebbe Municipality MP Rosemary Tumusiime.

Micheal Kakembo, the Democratic Party (DP) dragged Tumusiime to court for concealing results on some polling stations.

In his petition, Kakembo had said non-compliance on the part of the EC, disfranchisement of voters and voter bribery by Tumusiime.

In his ruling, Justice Henry Isabirye Kaweesa cited instances of non-compliance by the Electoral Commission during the February elections.

He faulted EC for concealing results of a whole polling station of Kigungu (O-Z) in an unlawful manner.

Tumusiime was declared winner of the election with 8786 of the total votes cast while Kakembo picked only 8337 votes.

The justice, however, noted that those instances did not affect the final result in a substantial manner.

He said even if all the 379 votes in the affected polling station were added onto the petitioner’s results, Tumusiime would still come out as the outright winner with a margin of 70 votes.

NRM's Rose Tumusiime smiles

NRM’s Rose Tumusiime smiles

The judge also dismissed the bribery allegations premised on her buying a goat for a winning soccer team during a match that was played in December last year.

Kunihira also survives

The same court upheld the election of Ms Agnes Kunihira, a representative of female workers in Parliament.

Mary Tuunde (Independent) accused Ms Kunihira (NRM) of committing various electoral offenses such as bribery with the EC that the second respondent being accused of non-compliance with electoral laws.

Kunihira won of the election with 209 votes and Tuunde, the runner up with 202 votes.

Presiding judge Albert Rugadya Atwooki dismissed the petition with costs to Kunihira.

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