Court Upholds Election of Butembe MP

Lufafa (in set) carried the NRM flag in the February Elections for Butembe County MP

Jinja high court judge Godfrey Namundi has dismissed the electoral petition filed by Forum for Democratic Change’s Grace Kiirya Wanzaala challenging the election of Nelson Lufafa as the Member of Parliament for Butembe County in Jinja district.

Hon Lufafa first defeated the then Minister for Lands, approved Housing and Urban Development Daudi Migereko in the NRM primaries before facing off Wanzala in the February parliamentary polls.

However, Wanzala petitioned high court challenging Lufafa’s election arguing that the latter lacks requisite academic qualifications and also engaged in electoral malpractice like voter bribery.

He told court that Lufafa used to buy voters during campaigns citing dishing out cash to many churches and women associations soliciting for votes.

Wanzala also asked court to nullify the election of Lufafa on grounds that the he had failed some papers like history in UCE but went ahead to sit for them at advanced level. Lufafa sat his senior six at Gateway secondary school now turned into Nyanza international school.

However, the presiding judge dismissed all the petitions with costs saying the petitioner failed to adduce sufficient evidence to support his case. He however, said the petitioner was at liberty to appeal the ruling.

Addressing journalists at the court yard, Grace Wanzala said his lawyers from Katumba and company advocates will tomorrow start processing an appeal.

Alex Luganda and Julius Galinsonga, the lawyers for Lufafa say they are ready to defend their client’s victory in the appellant court.

Nelson Lufafa (NRM) won the race with 26,167 votes against FDC’s third time contender Grace Kiirya Wanzala who polled 23,202 votes.


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