By Ambrose Kweronda
High Court in Kabale has set September 1, 2021 to start hearing the election petition challenging the victory of Security Minister Jim Muhwezi, as MP for Rujumbura County.
In the January polls, Muhwezi polled 23,990 votes to trounce the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party flag bearer Fred Turyamuhweza who got 20,556 votes.
Other candidates, Grace Muhoozi Mugisha managed 2,149 votes while ANT’s Sylivin Gumisiriza trailed with 230 votes.
However, Turyamuhweza rejected the results and through his lawyers of JB Byamukama & Company Advocates petitioned court claiming that Muhwezi used voter bribery and ballot stuffing.
He also accused Muhwezi of conniving with security officials in the district to intimidate and chase away his agents and supporters from polling stations on the polling day.
Yesterday (Friday), Muhwezi who was accompanied by his lawyers led by Mwesigwa Rukutana appeared at Kabale high court ready for the hearing.
The petitioner Turyamuhweza however, did not show up and only sent his political assistant Aloysious Mugarura and his lawyers led by Jude Byamukama.
Justice Philip Odoki, the Judge presiding over Kigezi region election petitions, set September 1st to start hearing the case and both parties agreed with the dates
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