Cecafa: Rwanda Dump Kenya, Set Date With Sudan

The Constitutional Court in Kampala has today maintained the Shs3Million nomination fees required to be paid by people seeking to run as Members of Parliament (MP) as provided for in the Parliamentary Amendment Act of 2015.

In his ruling, patient Justice Remmy Kasule stated that staying operationalization of the Presidential Amendment Act of 2015 and Parliamentary Amendment Act of 2015 would cause injustice by stopping the democratic exercise of all Ugandans to elect leaders of their choice.

Justice Kasule noted that the interim order sought would put a stop to the whole elections program of the whole presidential and parliamentary elections which denies Ugandans their right to choose leaders.

“Both respondents to the case; the Electoral Commission and government have been involved in the exercise since 2014: the presidential candidates have already paid the increased fees and each one is conducting campaigns, information pills ” Kasule said.

He advised that since nomination of Members of Parliament begins tomorrow and that the petitioners are not under serious threat of execution, they can continue to pursue the main application which they can even handle in the course or after elections.

This didn’t go on well with the petitioners led by the Conservative Party (CP) Secretary General, Mathias Ssemusu Mugobansonga, Paul Ssembajjwe and Idi Ouma who immediately ordered their lawyers led by Counsel, Isaac Ssemakadde and Fredrick Ssemwanga to file an appeal before the Supreme Court.

“We shall continue to fight for the poor Ugandans and their rights against such court ruling; even if it means staying nominations on the last day, we shall do so,” Ssemwanga said.

Ssemwanga observed that the court ruling was contrary to what they sought for in their applications and signed affidavits.


“We never called for an overhaul of the Parliamentary Act; our concern was for the stay of the payment of Shs3M and not staying nominations of candidates as court has ruled today.”

Cecafa Senior challenge cup will definitely have a new champion this year after the reigning holders, visit Kenya’s Harambee Stars were dumped out from the semi finals by Rwanda after post match penalty kicks. The game that was played at the Addis Ababa stadium was fruitless after normal time forcing the spot kicks.

Rwanda converted all their five kicks through Haruna Niyonzima, more about Jacques Tuyisenge, Djihad
Bizimana,  Isaie Songa and Celestin Ndayishimiye.

Amavubi custodian, Eric Ndayishimiye proved his worth for starting ahead of Olivier Kwizera when he blocked Eric Johanna’s penalty. Noah Abich and Zambian based David Owino had put the Stars level with the first two kicks.

Amavubi will face Sudan in the semis after their 3-5 triumph in the penalties over arch-rival brothers South Sudan.

The semis will take place on Thursday 3rd December with Sudan taking Rwanda at 1 pm before Uganda Cranes clash with hosts Ethiopia in the second game.

Semifinals fixture:
Thursday 3rd December
1pm- Sudan vs Rwanda
3pm- Ethiopi vs Uganda

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