Mbabali Asks Constitutional Court to Throw Out VP

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In his petition, Mbabali claims that Ssekandi used resources attached to his former office as speaker of parliament in the last general elections to facilitate his election campaign.

Jude Mbabali, the former Bukoto Central parliamentary candidate wants the constitutional court to kick out his rival vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi. Mbabali contested the Bukoto Central MP seat against Ssekandi in the 2011 general elections and lost the polls.
 
As a result, Mbabali went to court to challenge the election of Ssekandi but withdrew the suite under unclear circumstances. However, Mbabali reinstated the suite in the constitutional court. This morning, through his lawyer Alex Candia, Mbabali asked the panel of the five Judges of the constitutional court led by Justice Remmy Kasule to throw Ssekandi out of parliament.
 
In his petition, Mbabali claims that Ssekandi used resources attached to his former office as speaker of parliament in the last general elections to facilitate his election campaign. He claims that Ssekandi diverted five cars attached to his office, fuel worth Shs 120 million and police for purposes of campaigning for his re-election, which gave him an edge over other candidates in the race.
  
He says that by using resources attached to his office, Ssekandi violated the leadership code of conduct. In response to the petition Ssekandi’s lawyer Kiryowa Kiwanuka asked court to dismiss the suit with costs on grounds that there is no evidence to prove that his client used government facilities attached to his office for his campaigns.
 
He also argued that the petition is before a wrong court since it does not require interpretation since it has an element of elections, which must be handled by high court instead of the constitutional court. Kiwanuka argued that the constitutional court interprets the constitution and doesn't hear electoral disputes.

After listening to submissions from both parties justice Kasule said court would announce an appropriate time for its ruling.