Court Dismisses Election Petition Against Ntoroko MP

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In his petition, Mugarra argued that Rwemulikyas parents were born in Mitengo-DRC and hold DRC National Identity Cards.

High Court in Fort Portal has dismissed an election petition against Gerald Ibanda Rwemulikya, the Ntoroko County Member of Parliament. Rwemulikya was dragged to court by his rival, Martin Mugarra on grounds that he was a Congolese national and therefore didn't qualify to contest in the polls.

In his petition, Mugarra argued that Rwemulikya's parents were born in Mitengo-DRC and hold DRC National Identity Cards. But this morning, Justice Anthony Ojok Oyuko dismissed the petition citing lack of sufficient evidence. He ruled that the allegation by Mugarra that Rwamulikya's father John Kituku was born in DRC is false.
He said that Kituku produced a genuine birth certificate, driving permit and a passport showing that he is Ugandan. Justice Oyuko also noted the Identity card and birth certificate from DRC that were produced in court by the petitioner to show that Kituku is a Congolese national were forged.
He therefore dismissed the petition with costs and issued an injunction restraining Mugarra from referring to Rwemulikyua as a DRC National. In the run up to the February general elections, Electoral Commission disqualified Ibanda from the race on grounds that he was not a Ugandan national.
The EC Chairman Dr. Badru Kiggundu said then, the Commission had established that Ibanda is a DRC national and as such didn't qualify to contest in Uganda's polls. However, High Court overturned the decision of EC and allowed Ibanda to contest. He polled 35,341 votes against Mugarra's 29,671 votes. 
This is the fourth election petition to be dismissed in Tooro region. In June, Fort Portal High Court dismissed three election petitions. They include petitions challenging the Mwenge South polls in Kyenjojo district, Kamwenge district Woman MP polls, Kitagwenda County and Kibale County, all in Kamwenge district. 

However, court ordered fresh elections in Mwenge North in Kyenjojo district.


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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.