By Innocent Atuganyira
Two defeated candidates in Masindi district, one for FDC and another for NRM have united in an election petition that challenges the election of Buruli MP-elect, Ronald Alled Akugizibwe.
Fredrick Banage, the former parliamentary candidate for Buruli constituency under the FDC ticket together with Stephen Kabindi, a former contestant on the NRM ticket have joined hands to fight Akuguzibwe and have submitted a joint rejoinder asking court for a by-election.
In the just-concluded parliamentary elections, Akugizibwe Ronald Aled (Independent) polled 8,848 votes, Bintu Jalia Lukumu (Independent) 8,316, Kabindi Steven (NRM) 7,430, and Banage Frederick Bitamale (FDC) polled the least votes with 362.
Banage and Kabindi rejoinder is in support of the main election petition filed at High court in Masindi by Masindi woman MP, Bintu Jalia Lukumu challenging Ronald Alled Akugizibwe declaration by the electoral commission as the Buruli Member of Parliament.
Bintu through her lawyers of Victoria Advocates and Legal Consultants filed a petition challenging Akugizibwe Ronald Aled and the Electoral Commission as 1st and 2nd Respondents respectively over the results of the just concluded Buruli parliamentary elections.
Bintu among others contends that Akugizibwe did not officially resign from Public service before joining politics and was still on payroll.
Bintu asked court to be availed with the information as regards when Akugizibwe resigned from civil service and when he last received his salary.
The petitioner further stated that Akugizibwe was not validly elected, thus they want the victory of Akugizibwe to be set aside and Bintu be declared the duly elected Member of Parliament for Buruli Constituency and the costs be paid by the respondents.
In another election petition also filed at High court in Masindi, Masindi woman member of parliament elect, Florence Asiimwe is being challenged that she did not resign in time from her previous job before joining elective politics.
Dr. Asiimwe Florence is accused by Mildred Kahombo, the defeated candidate for Masindi woman MP that she did not resign from Bunyoro Kitara kingdom as a minister for education and social services.
“We filed the matter to high court in Masindi and my lawyers are handling it” said Kahombo.
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