By Sania Babirye
FDC’s Sizomu Gershom Rabbi Wambedde has retained his Bungokho North Constituency seat in Mbale District.
This after three court of appeal justices led by deputy chief justice Steven Kavuuma upheld the Mbale High court ruling that declared that he was the validly elected area MP.
While dismissing the appeal the Justices ruled that the appeal lacked merit saying they did not agree with Mashete since Rabbi means “Teacher “of Jewish Law which tittle the MP acquired but does not mean a king of Jews as he had alleged.
NRM’s Mashete Magomu Peter challenged his victory on grounds that the MP Sizomu Gershom Rabbi Wambedde being a cultural leader, (rabbi) king of the jews did not have the right to contest for a political position.
Mashete had also accused MP Rabbi of lacking the requisite academic qualifications for election as MP of Bungokho North Constituency, having presented to the Electoral Commission verification letters from UNEB instead of his O and A level Certificates that he says we’re lost.
He has also been ordered to pay costs of the suit.
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By Sania Babirye
FDC’s Apollo Kantinti has lost his seat as MP for the Kyadondo East Constituency after the court of appeal three justices led by Richard Buteera’ Cheborion Balishaki and Paul Mugamba upheld high court judge Henry Kaweesa’s ruling that nullified his victory over noncompliance of the electoral laws on the side of the Electoral commission.
The justices ruled that the way EC conducted the elections substantially affected the result in a substantial manner on grounds that it was not clear on who won the Kyadondo East constituency election since results from 9 polling stations were not included in the final tally.
The justices further noted that over 5000 voters were de-enfranchised when their cast votes were not given the same weight like others in the final tally.
The court of Appeal has also ordered that fresh elections be conducted after declaring the seat vacant.
The court of appeal has also ordered that EC and Hon.Katinti pay costs to NRMs petitioner Sitende Sebalu.
In July 2016 High court judge Isabirye Kaweesa nullified Katinti’s election on ground that the Wakiso district returning officer Sarah Bukirwa did not comply with the electoral commission laws after declaration forms from seven polling stations went missing tan amounting to failure to protect voting materials that were in her custody.
This is after NRMs Sebalu filed an election petition contesting Kantinti’s election on grounds that the Electoral commission had conducted the said election in an improper manner.
However Hon.Katinti appealed the ruling on grounds that the trial judge did not evaluate properly all evidence that was brought before him when he cancelled his victory.
By Sania BabiryeFDC former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has stood his ground and refused to return to the Nakawa magustrate court for mention of his treason case as promised.This is after Besigye vowed to not appear in court willingly until the DPP committed him for trial inthe high court.Besigye has since then petitioned the high court over the matter and the case is up for hearing on the 22 of March . Even today state informed court that investigations into the matter are still on going.However, Nakawa grade one magistrate Noah Ssajabi has issued criminal summons to Besigye after prosecution led by Racheal Nabwire asked court to issue criminal summon against Besigye accusing him of missing court with no explanation.Magistrate Sajjabi has now signed summons requiring Besigye to appear in court on the 27th/March 2017 for further mention of his case as police investigations are still on-going.Its close to nine months since the DPP charged Besigye with treason but has failed to Commit him for trial in high court which has the jurusdiction to try capital offenses.And Besigye says that until the DPP concludes his alleged investigations and commits him he will not continue to waste his time and money appearing in the lower court with no powers to try his case.Besigye is charged with treason after a video of him taking oath as the legally elected president of Uganda in the conclude Febuary 2016 General elections surfaced on social media which he does not deny.
By Robert Ssegawa
Opposition Forum for Democratic change has warned that the continued disrespect of court by the police could lead to mob justice.
This follows the arrest of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere last Friday after he was granted bail by court.
FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says if law enforcers like the police continue undermining court orders, civilians will then resort to mob justice as they will also despise laws.
By Robert Segawa
Forum for Democratic change urges the Parliament to change the LCI election status that will help the exercise free and fair.
The party deputy Secretary General Harold Kaijja while addressing the media at the party headquarters said that people will fail to vote their candidate of choice.
Kaija adds that more hatred will be created among people who will not line for candidate of their fellow party.
Last year parliament started the proposed to line behind the candidates of their choice while voting the local council one.
He calls upon party members to stay calm until the process starts.
In his suit filed by his lawyers of Rwakafuuzi & Co advocates, Dr Besigye states that on October 3 this year, he was plunked off a Kenya airways plane by security that connived with CAA officials and driven against his will through remote routes from Entebbe Airport to his home in Kasangati.
He says the arrest contravened his right to free movement as a Ugandan citizen.
He further states in his suit that he was also denied the right to meet and move from the airport in the company of his waiting family, friends, associates and supporters, hence violating his freedom of Association.
In support of his suit, the top opposition politician in his sworn in affidavit before the court says that on August 22, he left Uganda and addressed conferences in London, Geneva and Boston and returned on October 3 using Kenya Airways aircraft which landed at Entebbe International Airport.
He adds that on that day, he noticed that the plane had parked unusually far from the terminal and when he got out; he suspiciously noticed a bigger presence of CAA staff on the tarmac and a CAA vehicle driving closer to the aircraft.
Besigye adds that before he could disembark from the staircase, a staff of CAA wearing a reflector jacket pulled him from the last step of the staircase and grabbed him by his trouser towards the CAA vehicle which drove him away before he could even go through immigration procedures at the Airport.
To that effect, court has summoned the Civil Aviation Authority to file in its defense within 15 days from the date of receipt of summons and should they fail, judgment will be passed in their absentia.
The file case has been allocated to Justice Patricia Basaza for hearing.
Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC chairperson for Katikamu South Constituency in Luweero district is in trouble over an offensive social media post against president, Yoweri Museveni.
Nsamba was picked up by Police detectives from Wobulenzi town council over the weekend and detained briefly at Wobulenzi Police station before he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters at Kibuli.
He was interrogated by Bill Dickson Ndyamuhaki, the Acting Police Commissioner of Electronic Counter Measures Department on Monday and was charged with offensive communication contrary to section (25) of the Computer Misuse act 2011.
He was released on police bond on Monday afternoon and ordered to return on Thursday December 15th when he is expected to appear before court over the charges. Police also confiscated Nsamba’s phone as part of the exhibit in the case.
Trouble for Nsamba stemmed from his Facebook post expressing how he will announce and mourn the death of president, Yoweri Museveni when he dies. The post was accompanied with a Photoshop of Museveni and how will look after his demise. Nsamba says the charges against him infringe on his freedom of expression.
URN couldn’t reach Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi to comment on the charges brought against Nsamba. Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, the Chief Executive Officer Unwanted Witness Uganda, a civil society organization, which seeks to promote secure uncensored online platforms has condemned the arrest of Nsamba.
He describes the charges against Nsamba as vague and a threat to freedom of thought and expression. He also disclosed their plans to challenge the Computer Misuse Act 2011 in court, saying it is offensive to Chapter Four of the Constitution and promotes self-censorship.
In May this year, Police arrested Henry Mutyaba and Robert Darius Tweyambe, both residents of Kampala for allegedly circulating a photo on Facebook claiming that Museveni is dead. The duo was charged with demeaning the person of President and charged with computer misuse. Their case is yet to be concluded.