Election 2016

Uganda Law Society Condemns Raid on Lawyer’s Chambers

Former state minister of ethics and integrity Dr James Nsaba Buturo has returned to parliament after defeating independent archrival and the incumbent Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu, what is ed medical http://chatterblast.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-admin-filters.php to whom he lost in the 2011 polls.

Nsaba Buturo was declared by the Kisoro District returning officer Alex Ainebyoona at the Kisoro district headquarters   this morning at 11.30, website like this following yesterday’s repeated poll.

The former minister obtained 16850 votes while Kwizera who boycotted the exercise managed 1444 votes, sale whereas the FDC candidate Mathius Barihima trailed with 198 votes.

Eddie Kwizera was running on an independent ticket after losing in the NRM primaries last year.

The elections for the constituency were repeated after the Electoral Commission discontinued the exercise on February 18th over logistical glitches.

On the polling day, mistakes were found on the ballot papers where the candidates’ symbols were mismatched, compelling the Commission to postpone the election to yesterday.

Kwizera however, boycotted the exercise saying that the commission has its own interests and intended to fail him.

He told reporters that he had already petitioned the constitutional court over the matter.

The rivalry of the two politicians dates back in 2011 when the two stood together in the NRM primaries where Wagahungu defeated Buturo who was then a minister.

Nsaba went on to stand as an independent but lost again to Wagahungu.

Meanwhile, the constituencies where the February 18th parliamentary election were rescheduled include Dokolo South, Kibale County, Kitagwenda County, Busiki County and Mawogola South.

Voters in Buyende, Kween, Kyegegwa and Yumbe districts will also be voting for their respresentives soon.

 
The Uganda Law Society, tadalafil http://compuaprende.com/components/com_community/templates/jomsocial/layouts/activity.wall.post.php a body that brings together more than 2500 lawyers from all around the country has issued a statement condemning yesterday’s alleged raids on the chambers of lawyers representing Hon Amama Mbabazi in a petition challenging the just concluded presidential elections.

The ULS President Mrs. Ruth Sebatindira in the statement also expressed concern that some lawyers in the petition were being directly attacked by government agencies.

She said, dosage “We condemn the break-ins of lawyers’ offices and all kinds of harassment of lawyers representing the clients that they represent.”

The ULS President noted that the attacks were against the petitioner’s constitutional right to a fair trial which includes the right to counsel.

“The right to counsel cannot be realized by intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference of a lawyer’s work in the representation of their client.”

“Lawyers must have access to all relevant information, files and documents in their possession or control in sufficient time to enable them provide effective legal assistance to their client.”

Mbabazi’s lawyers claim that the raids on their offices were spearheaded by Uganda Police, though the latter denies the charges.

The Inspector General of Police has since constituted a team of investigators to find the people behind the attack at the chambers in Wandegeya and Kololo, in which computers and affidavits related to the petition were taken.

Some government officials have come out with claims that the raids were an “inside job,” meant to tarnish the image of the respondents President Yoweri Museveni and the Electoral Commission.

Mrs Sebatindira’s statement follows another strong-worded dossier which she issued last month condemning the manner in which the February elections were conducted.

In the statement, she sternly criticized government for clamping down on contestants, and generally limiting the freedoms of Ugandans who woke up on February 18th to choose their next president and members of parliament.

The document created a rift amongst some members of ULS, including senior executive council members who downrightly disowned it and condemned the President for acting outside her powers.

 

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