By Hillary Nsambu
SEVENTEEN of a total of 44 election appeals filed in the Court of Appeal have been scheduled for hearing starting today, Nov.1 until 8, 2011.
The appeals include that of FDC vice president Salaamu Musumba against the Electoral Commission and Stephen Mubiru, who was elected Kamuli District chairman.
The other notable appeals include that of Kibuku County Constituency MP Saleh Kamba, an accountant, in which he seeks to overturn the High Court orders forcing him to vacate the seat.
Represented by Hassan Kamba, the incumbent MP (Saleh Kamba) seeks to ask the appellate court to throw out the petition on the ground that it was filed out of time, which is a grave illegality that escaped the trial judge’s eye.
According to Kamba’s application to amend his appeal, he alleges that although his lawyer raised the issue at trial, the trial court did not allow him to canvass it then.
Kamba is the current state minister for Bunyoro Affairs in the Prime Minister’s office, having been appointed in May this year.
Jennifer Namuyangu Byakatonda, former state minister for water resources, who lost to Kamba, successfully dragged him to court alleging lack of the requisite academic qualifications.
Hearing of election appeals starts today