Teargas, bullets in Mbarara as Kyamadidi loses petition


Kyamadidi has lost his petition filed against rival Ngabirano

Police was forced to mix live bullets with teargas in Mbarara town to restrain supporters of former Rwampara county MP Vincent Kyamadidi.

The ugly scenes happened outside Mbarara High Court on Friday minutes after Kyamadidi lost an election petition he filed against his rival Charles Ngabirano.

Kyamadidi lost the seat to Ngabirano but protested the results claiming the votes were rigged.

Through his lawyer, Ngaruye Ruhindi, Kyamadidi filed a suit against his rival citing vote stuffing, voter intimidation and alteration of the results.

Also sued was the Electoral Commission for allegedly failing to comply with laws that govern the presidential and parliamentary elections.

In his ruling, Justice Winfred Nabisiinde cited lack of evidence before dismissing the case with costs.

Court then upheld the election of Ngabirano as the Member of Parliament for Rwampara County.

Dissatisfied by the outcomes, Kyamadidi’s supporters started by insulting the judge before staging a protest outside.

Police moved in with teargas and live bullets dispersing the rowdy crowd that had started a procession across the town.


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