Kabale High Court has quashed a petition that sought to nullify the election petition of Winfred Matsiko as the Rukungiri woman member of parliament.
The petition was filed by Betty Muzanira, stomach a member of the opposition FDC, for sale http://coeurdepirate.com/wp-includes/class-wp-theme.php citing bribery and non compliance with the electoral laws. Matsiko won the elections with 54966 and Muzanira polled 50177 votes.
Muzanira also accused Matsiko of bribing the voters. She claimed that while at Nyakishenyi catholic parish on the 1st January 2016, visit this http://chatterblast.com/wp-admin/includes/template.php Matsiko gave out 50,000 shillings and 150,000 shillings.
She also had told court that there was a lot of differences in the results that are in the national gazette as it shows that she got 57,812 votes (48.3 per cent) and Winfred Masiko 61,561 votes
(51.6 per cent) but the declaration forms signed by Rukungiri district returning officer shows that Masiko got 58,994 votes while for her she got 54,966 votes
In his ruling Justice John Wilson Kwesiga, said that the petitioner (Muzanira) after filing the allegations, that was when she went ahead to solicit for evidence in form of affidavits.
Justice Kwesiga also said that it appeared that those that volunteered or that were persuaded to support the petition got engaged in customer tailored affidavits .
“She didn’t know who her witness were and she didn’t not know that their testimonies would be. There were many affidavits procured or filed after the petition and had been answered by the respondent and in my assessment the witnesses made the affidavits to cover up which crated more doubts in the affidavits and petitioner case as a whole,” he ruled before dismissing the petition with costs .
Matsiko while speaking to the press at the Kabale high court said she was happy for winning the case. She said her opponent was being used by her long term rivals. She added that she needed up to Shs 300million in costs.
Muzanira on the other hand vowed to appeal the judgment saying that the judge didn’t evaluate well the evidence especially on bribery.
Winfred Matsiko represented Rukungiri district as the woman member of parliament till 2011 when she lost her seat to state minister of finance in charge of pensions Prisca Ssezi Mbaguta but last year she made a comeback after defeating Mbaguta in the NRM primaries.