Court of Appeal Disposes Off 108 Election Petitions

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Vincent Emmy Mugabo, the Deputy Registrar also a senior communications officer of the Judiciary, attributed the delay to dispose off all the petitions to late filing of cases and shortage of judges.

The Court of Appeal has disposed off 108 election petitions.  

Only ten petitions are pending disposal out of the 118 that were filed in the appellate court.  

Vincent Emmy Mugabo, the Deputy Registrar also a senior communications officer of the Judiciary, says despite the failure to clear all the pending cases within the mandatory six months, they are happy for the progress made so far.

Mugabo attributed the delay to dispose off all the petitions to late filings of petitions and shortage of judges.
 
He however says that following the appointment of four Court of Appeal Justices, Christopher Madrama, Stephen Musota, Percy Tuhaise and Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, the petitions have been fixed for hearing.

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Of the ten remaining petitions, eight are due for judgment. They include Spencer George William Vs George William Abbas, Kevina Taaka Vs, Macho Geoffrey, Herbert Tom Kinobere Vs Godfrey Kamba Wairagala.

Others are Kevin Ikiror Vs Ismael Orot, Herbert Kwobha Vs Tadeo Ssebugwawo, Willy Nakalyango against Jane Nakasolya Lubega and Kato Lubwama Paul against Buwembo Habib.
 
Two cases which are also yet to be heard include Fred Kasirye Zimula against Francis Kibuuka Amooti in the Mubende District LCV Chairperson and Ronald Lubwama Vs Tonnie Mpanga.

In 2017, the Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga together with Kabweri County MP Francis Gonahasa, petitioned the Auditor General, John Muwanga to carry out a performance audit on Court of Appeal to establish why election petitions were taking long to get disposed off.

The MPs blamed the delayed disposal of cases on the exclusion of some Justices from hearing the election appeals, a thing they say led to backlog of cases at judgment stage and is against principles of natural justice.

According to the parliamentary and local government election laws, petitions should be heard within six months from the date of the elections.