Three Judges of the Court of Appeal have dismissed with costs an election petition challenging the election of Charles Musoke Serunjogi as the duly elected Mayor of Kampala Central Division.
Judges Remmy Kasule, Hellen Obura and Richard Butera in their judgment read by Deputy Registrar Didas Muhereza; upheld an earlier decision by High Court judge Atwooki Rugadya who dismissed the petition by Muhammad Kibedi Nsegumire.
“This appeal fails and Serunjogi Charles Musoke is the duly elected Mayor of Kampala Central Division,” the judges ruled.
These faulted Nsegumire for failing to prove beyond reasonable doubt most of the allegations he raised in his appeal.
He had accused Serunjogi of defaming him as a thief, which caused him to lose especially the youth support.
The petitioner however failed to have some of those youths file an affidavit in court.
The judges however, pointed out that the trial judge erred by accepting results from four polling stations which were cancelled, even after receiving evidence from a handwriting expert and the returning officer showing that results from these stations were wrong and couldn’t be based upon.
This alone, nonetheless, was not sufficient for the judges to order fresh elections.
Upon the ruling, Nsegumire, accepted the outcomes and promised to work with the victor, Serunjogi in developing the city.
Serunjogi, on the other hand, accompanied by his supporters and City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Rubaga North Hon Kasibante Moses and Makindye East MP Hon Allan Sewanyana, gratefully welcomed this ruling and promised to continue working to help his constituents.