Minister Otengo drags Badru Kiggundu to court for denying her victory


State Minister in charge of Northern Uganda, Rebecca Amuge, who lost in the February 18 parliamentary elections, has dragged Electoral Commission (EC) chairman Badru Kiggundu to court for denying her victory by declaring her opponent winner for Moroto County.

Amuge sued EC and her opponent, the Moroto County MP-elect, Samuel Okwir.

In the case filed before the Magistrates’ Court in Lira district, Otengo claims that she obtained the highest number of votes but her votes were either falsified or invalidated allegedly to hand Okwir victory.

She further claims that counting, tallying and declaration of results was done in contravention of the principles of fairness, free and transparency.

The 49-year-old MP claims that the EC illegally and unlawfully included the results of 22 polling stations from Aloi Sub-county which she had earlier before the final tally cancelled on account of irregularities. But later the results for the 22 polling stations were considered under coercion, pressure and undue influence exerted by the supporters of the second respondent.

Amuge contested with six other men in Moroto County on the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket. However, she was thumped by Okwir who contested on the independent ticket.  Okwir garnered a total of 14,463 votes cast against Otengo who managed 11,966 votes in highly contested race.


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