High Court in Gulu has disqualified Hon Reagan Okumu from contesting next year for the Aswa Constituency parliamentary seat on the opposition Forum for Democratic Change ticket.
The court directed the Eng Badru Kiggundu’s Electoral Commission to cancel Okumu candidature and replace him with his contender Hon Christoper Acire.
Acire, sildenafil http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/feed-rdf.php who was elected Gulu Municipality MP in 2011, illness http://corephysio.ca/scripts/form/language/mongolian-utf-8.php [Upon hearing the Hon Norbert Mao was returning for the Municipality seat] decided not to defend his seat and opted for an easier Aswa County.
The FDC Vice President Hon Reagan Okumu like several other party flag bearers was not dully elected through the primaries as dictates the party constitution.
He was handpicked by the party leadership during an working committee and handed the party flag.
It was on this basis that his dissatisfied opponent Hon Acire petitioned the High Court and won the ruling to cancel out his candidacy.
In her Friday ruling, Justice Margaret Mutonyi cited Article 7 of the FDC constitution which stipulates that nomination of any candidate running for any office must follow the due process, which among others includes picking nomination forms, filling and returning them to the party registry.
She thus orders the opposition party to hand Hon Acire the party instruments, flag and colors to represent in the 2016 elections.
It is understood that Hon Okumu, who has represented the area for since 1996 is set to run on an independent ticket.
Ironically, the news of the disqualification of Hon Okumu were warmly welcomed by some of the FDC top members in Kampala.
The party’s former spokesperson Mr John Kikonyongo described this as a good lesson to the party leadership which unconstitutionally blocked certain members from partaking in next year’s election.
Mr Kikonyogo like Acire was recently barred by the party leadership from contesting for the Lubaga Mayorship post, in favor of the incumbent Hon Joyce Ssebyggwawo.
“I advised (the party president) Gen Muntu that they were making a cruel, insensitive, callous, unconstitutional, unlawful decision and they will pay dearly for it. They were dismissing me as a nobody. Before they taste the bitter soup from Kikonyogo they have tasted it by withdraw of FDC stamp and key from Hon Okumu by the court,” said Kikonyogo.
“Hon Okumu attended the very working Committee which awarded him the key and denied me and others our right to be voted for by our people. It smells bad. Court has declared the whole exercise unconstitutional.”
He added, “FDC is a good party with a good constitution but it was not followed the the partisan members who attended the Working Committee meeting. God is great. I told you you can’t fight the truth.”
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The Sand Cranes suffered their first loss on Friday falling 5-4 to Kenyan team that ended with one man less after Haksaw Mahdi was given matching orders for committing a second bookable offense.
Roch Somoka and Abdul Karim Kibabwa scored for Uganda while Mohd Sald, Mahdi Haksaw, a double by Fahad Nassir and substitute Matla olum’s own goal gave Kenya the win.