Court Dismisses Petitions against MPs Tumusiime, Kunihira

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Michael Kakembo, a member of the Democratic Party filed the petition challenging Tumusiimes election on account of voter bribery and noncompliance with electoral laws. His evidence was based on the contribution of a goat for a winning team during a match that was played in December 2015.

High Court in Kampala has upheld the election of Entebbe Municipality MP Rosemary Tumusiime.

Michael Kakembo, a member of the Democratic Party filed the petition challenging Tumusiime's election on account of voter bribery and noncompliance with electoral laws. His evidence was based on the contribution of a goat for a winning team during a match that was played in December 2015.

But presiding judge Henry Isabirye Kaweesa dismissed the bribery allegations against the legislator saying that evidence was not substantial.

The court however faulted the Electoral Commission for cancelling the results from Kigungu (O-Z) polling station. But the judge added that although, that was erroneous, on the side of the Electoral Commission, the same did not affect the outcome of the poll in a substantial manner to warrant nullification of the results.

Justice Kaweesa explained that even if all the 379 votes in the affected polling station were added onto DP's Kakembo, Tumusiime would still come out as the outright winner with the margin of 70 votes.

The EC declared Tumusiime winner of the election with 8786 of the total votes cast and Kakembo as the runner up with 8337 votes.

Still before the same court, the election of Agnes Kunihira, a representative of the female workers in Parliament was upheld by presiding judge Albert Rugadya Atwooki.

The petition had been filed by Mary Tunde, an independent candidate accusing Kunihira of committing various electoral offenses such as bribery. The EC that was the second respondent had been accused of non-compliance with electoral laws. 

The EC declared Kunihira winner of the election with 209 votes and Tunde's 202 votes.