By Angela Nalumansi
The High Court in Kampala has dismissed the election petition filed against Katikamu North MP Abraham James Byandala.
Byandala, who is also the works minster, was dragged to court by his rival, Phillip Aligawesa, accusing him of bribing voters.
Justice Benjamin Kabiito ruled that Aligawesa had failed to prove that the alleged bribery was done with the knowledge and consent of Byandala.
He added that when Byandala appeared in court, he admitted giving out money to voters, but it was not in form of bribes. Kabiito noted that Mohammed Mbabazi, Aligawesaâ€™s lawyer, failed to prove whether the people who are alleged to have received the bribe were registered voters.
He also dismissed the petition on grounds that over 15 witnesses for Aligawesa were illiterates who could not read and write yet their affidavits had been recorded in English. This, Kabiito argued, showed that the witnesses signed affidavits without knowing what was in them.