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MP Lufafa retains Butembe County seat

By Doreen Musingo

Added 23rd July 2016 02:31 PM

The judge said there was no enough evidence to support the allegation because the respondent was purely qualified to contest for the post.

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Lufafa addressing the press Photos by Doreen Musingo

The judge said there was no enough evidence to support the allegation because the respondent was purely qualified to contest for the post.

High court in Jinja presided over by judge Godfrey Namudi has dismissed an election petition that was filed by Kirya Wanzala against Nelson Lufafa the area member of parliament for Butembe county.

The petition was dismissed on Friday with costs.

In the petition Wanzala wanted court to nullify the results basing on allegations of lack of academic qualifications, bribery of various voters, electoral offences and illegal practices, defacing of posters and defamatory.

 alisonga left speaking to his client ufafa in court Galisonga left speaking to his client Lufafa in court

 

Lufafa was represented Julius Galisonga while Wanzala was represented by Apollo Kwesiga.
He alleged that the respondent failed to pass his UACE and that he should be disqualified.

“To contest as a member of parliament one should have qualified and holds a UACE certificate from the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) passed in grade four and they stand a chance to contest,’ the judge said.

The judge said there was no enough evidence to support the allegation because the respondent was purely qualified to contest for the post.

He noted that according to letters dated 17th and 22rd September from UNEB signed by the executive director, verified his papers.

irya anzala in court Kirya Wanzala in court

 

On the issue of bribery which included giving of plastic chairs, organizing football tournaments, giving trophies and a bull to the winning team, the judge said the petitioner had failed to prove to court the allegations.

“If he bribed there are no established agents named as the receivers of the items in the affidavits. Am not satisfied with the allegations of bribery and according to the evidence it’s also not coordinated,” the judge said.

He noted that one of the witnesses produced in court, alleged that he had made a video recording of the respondent giving a bribe but failed to produce it in court.

“I find this evidence useless and note helpful to this court, no affidavits where filed in the rejoinder to prove any of the allegations so court can’t rely on this,” he added.

 ufafa in black suit and tie celebrating with supporters after he won the petition Lufafa in black suit and tie celebrating with supporters after he won the petition

 

He added that at the football tournament he was only an invited guest supposed to awards prizes adding that attending a function is not a bribe.

On the issue of defacing posters he noted the petitioner did not report either to police or the electoral commission for action. And for defamation he did not produce any record of words or recordings.

 

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