Nabeta is Buying Time; Mwiru Scoffs

FDC's Paul Mwiru

Former Member of Parliament for Jinja Municipality East constituency Paul Mwiru has scoffed at his political rival Nathan Igeme Nabeta’s intention to appeal as a waste of time and a delaying tactic.

“The truth can’t be hidden for long only that my brother wants to delay the process of allowing the duly elected leader to represent the views of the people of Jinja. He still wants to enjoy the unaccounted for money from their party but it’s a matter of time for the court of appeal to equally dispose off this” he said.

This comes after Igeme Nabeta, viagra 40mg yesterday directed his lawyers to immediately appeal Monday’s ruling of the High Court in Jinja which overturned his election and declared Mr Paul Mwiru of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change the validly elected MP of the constituency.

The election of Mr Nabeta, decease who is also still battling charges of lack of requisite academic qualifications in the court of appeal, was challenged by Mr Mwiru who proved to court that the latter had been
wrongfully declared winner of the February 18 poll.

In his petition, Mr Mwiru accused Nabeta of conspiring with EC officials to inflate votes at Danida A-D polling station in Walukuba-Masese Division, a result on which the election body based to
declare Mr Nabeta the winner.

He further stated that whereas the correct vote obtained at the polling station was 187 votes for Mr Nabeta against his 226 votes, forged declaration forms indicated that Mr Nabeta garnered 502 votes
against his 226 votes that were presented yet only 418 voters turned up as seen from the votes obtained by presidential and Woman MP candidates who were voted the same day and time.

Mwiru through his always; Medard Lubega Ssegona, Peter Mukidi Walubiri and Caleb Olaka also faulted Jinja district returning officer Tonny Amboise Mwaita for failing to order a recount of votes for contested
polling station before going ahead to declare the final results.

In the ruling delivered on her behalf by the Deputy Registrar of Commercial Division of the Court, Mr Alex Makayi, Justice Lydia Mugambe concurred with Mr Mwiru that there had been connivance between the electoral commission and Nabeta to rob his victory.

“The evidence produced in court proved the first and second respondents collaborated to deny the complainant the win. Court declares Mr Paul Mwiru the winner,” Justice Mugambe ruled.

She faulted the electoral commission officials for signing declaration forms before the closure of the polling exercise and tampering with some of the electoral materials especially the declaration forms.

Justice Mugambe also ordered Mr Nabeta and EC to pay costs of the suit and have some officials investigated for conflict of interest during execution of their duties during elections.

But Mr Nabeta’s lawyer Mr Kiwanuka Kiryowa of Kiryowa and Karugire advocates on Tuesday said they were under instructions of their client to appeal the ruling.

“We have already expressed our intention to appeal and currently working on actual papers for the same,” Mr Kiryowa said.

Other appeals In Iganga district, NRM’s Daniel Ibaale who had filed a petition seeking to overturn the election of FDC’s Abdu Katuntu as MP for Bugweri County says is consulting his lawyers to appeal the ruling by Justice Margaret Mutonyi who dismissed his petition with costs.

Eng Ibaale whom the incumbent Katuntu beat by 6 votes had accused Mr Katuntu of intimidation, voter bribery and using unsavory and demeaning  language against him.

In Mayuge, Robert Ntende whose victory for Bunya south constituency was annulled by Justice Margaret Mutonyi on Monday is also seeking redress of the appellant court.

The incumbent Iddi Isabirye challenged the election of Mr Ntende and ordered for fresh elections on grounds of voter bribery including donating an ambulance to constituents during campaigns.


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