The National Resistance Movement Elections Tribunal has validated the victory of the Bududa District Woman Member of Parliament, Ms. Justine Khainza.
Khainza won the race on September 4, after defeating her three competitors. She scored 34,012 votes, followed by Agnes Khainza with 26,234 votes, Jane Wakikona Namunane while NTV journalist Agnes Nandutu trailed with 2,480 votes.
Nandutu protested on her social media pages that the polls were marred with corruption and violence but did not take further steps.
The first runner up, Agnes Khainza, who was also not contented with the results, petitioned the tribunal.
Similarly to Nandutu, Khainza, in her petition, also cited bribery incidents, where she rallied the evidence of a one Patrick Namati, who stated that he was the Parish Registrar of Bunamutunyi Ward and a one Tom Mulekwa came driving a small car, met the registrars including himself and ‘thanked’ them for the good work done.
Namati told the Tribunal that the said man introduced himself as the incumbent’s husband and paid them Shs 50,000.
Rubbishing the presented evidence, however, the Commission reinstated the results.
In a notification that was issued by Jane Babiiha, the Commissioner of NRM Electoral Commission, Khainza was approved as the NRM flag bearer for Bududa District.
“This is to formally present to you Ms. Khainza Justine, who is the duly elected NRM flag bearer for the elective position of the District Woman Representative to Parliament, Bududa District,” reads part of the statement.