By Hanipher Namuwonge
Masaka High Court has ordered for fresh elections in two constituencies of Kooki County in Rakai district over vote rigging and bribery.
Boaz Ninsiima Kasirabo was accused of involvement in vote rigging. The Lwengo Woman MP Cissy Namujju was accused of lacking the requisite academic qualifications.
High Court Judge Margaret Tibulya, ordered for fresh elections after finding Namujju guilty of violating provisions of the law when she contested for a parliamentary seat without obtaining the required Advanced Level certificate of education.
The ruling follows a petition filed by Martin Serwanga a voter in Mbiriizi Town council in Lwengo district.
Serwanga challenged Namujju's election accusing her of forging documents that were used for her nomination and bribing voters with money citing several polling stations in the district where voters were given cash which influenced her win.
Serwanga had told court that Namujju forged a deed poll, which she presented to the Lwengo Electoral commission officers that bears the names of Aisha Kayaga, yet all her documents had particulars of Namujju Cissy Dionizia.
In a ruling, read by Deputy Registrar Baker Rwatooro, Justice Tibulya said she was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Namujju breached electoral laws. She noted in her ruling that Namujju failed to honour clear guidelines on academic requirements for a parliamentary seat as well as bribing voters, declaring the seat vacant and ordered for fresh elections.
David Mpuuga, the Independent candidate who lost to Ninsiima with a difference of 896 votes in the just concluded parliamentary elections stated that the February 2016 election was characterized by malpractices and several electoral offences were committed.
Mpuuga told court that at a number of polling stations, the number of ballot papers cast exceeded voters. He also said voters were given money on voting day.
Justice Tibulya ruled that Kasirabo was fraudulently elected. She said court established in the course of hearing, that some declaration forms were not signed and many had numerical errors whereby some invalid votes were unlawfully declared valid.
However Kasirabo, vowed to appeal, saying he was not satisfied with the judgment.