Kalungu East Umar Mawiya accuses his parliamentary successor, Vincent Sempijja, of gross election malpractices. He requests court to nullify the elections and declare a fresh vote.
The outgoing Kalungu East MP Lule Umar Mawiya has petitioned the High Court to nullify the February 18th elections.
Seven people contested for the Kalungu East parliamentary seat that was won by the outgoing Masaka LC5 chairperson, Vincent Ssempijja.
Mawiya claims that the Electoral Commission failed to thoroughly analyze Sempijja's academic certificates and manhandled the conduct of the elections. He says Sempijja's O-level certificate was discredited by the Uganda National Examinations Boardin 2002, which rendered all latter academic qualifications void. He also alleges that Sempijja colluded with the deputy Resident District Commissioner of Tororo Aisha Sekindi and the LC3 chairperson of Bukululu Habib Kigongo to systematically beat and intimidate his supporters.
Mawiya provides evidence that during the campaigns a case was filed at Kalungu Police Station in which Sempijja was accused of carrying around an AK-47 rifle with 60 rounds of ammunition. The vehicle in which the arms were discovered was briefly held at the police station.
Other claims involve the falsification of the results tally, bribery and campaigning on Election Day.
Umar Mawiya wants court to issue an order to set aside the elections. He wants Vincent Sempijja to meet the costs of the suit and fresh votes announced.
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