Kyamadidi Files Fresh Election Petition

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In short
Kyamadidi who lost the Rwampara county parliamentary seat to Charles Ngabirano who scored 24.990 votes against 21607 has not conceded defeat and vowed to fight on through high court in order to have the out come of the election overturned.

The Rwampara member of parliament, Vincent Kyamadidi on Friday filed a fresh election petition before the Mbarara High Court.

On Thursday evening the Mbarara chief magistrate court dismissed the first application filed by Kyamadidi with costs of UGX100 million shillings.

Justice Miriam Ayo dismissed the case on grounds of failure by Kyamadidi to prove to court that the recent elections were full of fraud and rigging adding that court could not waste time on matters without proof.

Kyamadidi who lost elections on February 18th rejected the poll results and petitioned to Mbarara magistrate court seeking for a vote recount.

He complained that his agents were told to leave the polling stations by security agents and other NRM party leaders who supported his rival Charles Ngabirano.

Lawyer Frank Kanduho of Kanduho and co-Advocates who represented Charles Ngabirano challenged Kyamadidi to show how he acquired the declaration forms when he never had the agents on every poling station.

Kyamadidi who lost the Rwampara county parliamentary seat to Ngabirano who scored 24.990 votes against 21607 has not conceded defeat and vowed to fight on through the courts of law. Court has not yet fixed the date for hearing the fresh election petition.

 

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Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.