Court Orders Mediation in Ogenga Election Petition

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In his ruling, on Wednesday evening, Justice David Motovu directed the duo to settle their dispute amicably. He however, asked them to return back to court for hearing on June 3rd if mediation fails.

Justice David Motovu has directed the former Agago County Member of Parliament, Amos John Okot and his rival, Professor Morris Ogenga Latigo to resolve their election dispute outside court.

 
Okot petitioned court challenging the election of Latigo on allegations of voter bribery, defamation and other electoral irregularities. In his ruling, on Wednesday evening, Justice David Motovu directed the duo to settle their dispute amicably.

 
He however, asked them to return back to court for hearing on June 3rd if mediation fails. Okot told URN that he can only negotiate with Latigo if he apologises to him.
 
 
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 Ogenga welcomed the ruling saying it is in line with his recommendation.
 
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The other petitions lined up for hearing include the one of FDC's Charles Komakech and Agago South MP, Edward Makmot. Komakech is challenging the election of Makmot on grounds of voter bribery amongst other allegations, contrary to the Parliamentary Elections Act. 

 
Court will also hear a petition in, which the former Amuru Resident District Commissioner, James Nabinson Kidega (NRM) is challenging the election of Lucy Aciro Otim as Aruu county North Member of Parliament. The two were separated by a margin of two votes.

 

Kidega filed the petition after Electoral Commission denied him a mandatory vote recount. The other is a petition in, which former Gulu Municipality MP Christopher Achire is challenging the re-election of long serving Aswa County MP Reagan Ronald Okumu. 



Achire dragged Okumu and the Electoral Commission to court, saying he was illegally nominated as FDC party flag bearer.