Kiggundu says not scared as Mbabazi sues EC



Electoral Commission chairman, Badru Kiggundu, says he is not at all scared by a court suit by presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi.

“We are not scared,” Kiggundu told press on Wednesday morning.

At the same briefing, Kiggundu said EC has appointed 16- 20 November 2015 as a period for nominations of LCs and December 2-3 for MPs.

EC also appointed November 9 until 10 February 2016 as the period for campaigns for president elections 2016.

“Issuance of certificate does not mean an aspirant has been nominated as they are still required to fulfil additional requirements,” he clarified.

He said at this stage of the electoral process, campaigns are strictly prohibited until nomination of candidates in November.

Dragged to court by Mbabazi

Mbabazi’s lawyers led by Fred Mwema and John Mary Mugisha sued Kigundu and other four Electoral Commission officials; the PRO Jotham Taremwa, Secretary Sam Rwakojo and Deputy PRO Paul Bukenya for undermining the rights of his supporters.

The lawyers deemed the officials attempt to block Mbabazi consultations with his supporters as an abuse of human rights.

Mbabazi’s legal team demanded that court charges the quartet in their individual capacities before courts of Law.

However, during the first hearing of the case before the Head of civil division high court Justice Steven Musoke, on Tuesday, the respondent’s lawyers led by Council Enos Tumusimme’s team argued for dismissal of the case with costs on grounds the high court was bypassed as the sole appeals body in cases of dissatisfaction

The EC Lawyers also argued against suing the officials in their individual capacities.

The further objected to the fact that the case filed by a concerned citizen, Charles Nsubuga, did not go into merits.

The other preliminary concern that the EC official raised before court was that they should have sued the EC and not the officials in their individual capacities.

Mbabazi lawyers still maintain the high court has jurisdiction to hear the case and would not relent.

The case returned today, Wednesday 14th October for further hearing.

Mbabazi lawyers contend that the Constitution allows any concerned individual, including Nsubuga, to sue if there are any violated rights of other individuals.

They added that it is in this same capacity that their client, Nsubuga sued the EC officials for violating presidential aspirant Mbabazi’s rights.


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