By Sania Babirye
The court of Appeal has overturned the decision by the Masindi High court that had nullified the election of Ernest Kiiza as the validly elected Masindi Municipality Member of Parliament.
The three justices led by the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, Cheborion Barishaki and Alfonse Owiny-Dollo unanimously ruled that Kiiza’s rival and also NRMs Former Minster for Information Kabakumba Matsiko did not produce sufficient evidence in relation to the allegations of voter bribery.
The justices have also ruled that the lower High court judge Elizabeth Nahamya failed to properly and independently evaluate the evidence adduced by Kabakumba before nullifying Kiiza’ s victory .
Hon. Kabakumba had accused the Bishop of bribing voters with salt, balls sports jerseys and well construction however the judges have ruled that Kabakumba failed to reveal the details and particulars of the voters who did receive the alleged gifts from either Hon. Kiiza or his agents.
In July 2016 Hon.Kiiza’s election was nullified over voter bribery by the Masindi high court after Hon.Kabakumba filed an election petition challenging his victory.
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