Shartsi Kutesa’s Election Victory Challenged in Court

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One of the losers in the Mawogola North parliamentary election has asked court to overturn the victory of Shartsi Musherure Kutesa.

Mr Ismail Wagaba Ddibya, who polled only 72 votes, claims the polling exercise in the constituency was marred by gross irregularities such as intimidation by soldiers and voter bribery.

Mr Dibya, who filed the petition at Masaka High Court on Wednesday, wants the court to order for a fresh election. Court has not yet ordered the winner to file her defence.

 Musherure, who is the daughter Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kuteesa, stood as Independent and garnered 17,274 votes followed by Salim Kiseeka, also an Independent, who got 2,544.

The NUP candidate, Henry Nyanzi Mawejje collected 2,346 votes, while Ms Catherine Nakayiza (Ind) garnered 2,025 votes, Hillary Tukundane (Ind) got 138 votes, and President Museveni’s younger brother Aine Godfrey Kaguta, alias Sodo, who pulled out of the race at the last minute, got five votes.

The controversy in the Mawogola North election started with the NRM primaries, which pitted  Musherure against Sodo. The election was marred by rigging allegations, leading to a re-run, which was eventually won by Sodo. But later, Sodo was convinced by the President to quit the race, leaving Musherure to face other party candidates. Earlier, the ruling NRM party had denied the party ticket to both Sodo and Musherure.

Source – ChimpReports

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