Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate in the just concluded Sheema Municipality parliamentary elections, Virginia Plan Mugyenyi is set to petition the Court of Appeal, challenging the victory of Minister Elioda Tumwesigye.
Mugyenyi yesterday held a consultative meeting with her supporters, in which the decision was made to file the petition.
She claims the election results were manipulated during the night.
“By 9 o’clock I was in the lead and all the results that came in during the day showed that I was in the lead, but in the night they brought in other results,” she said.
Mugyenyi adds that voting continued up to midnight at some polling stations, which was against the electoral commission procedure.
“We are not going to accept the results as Sheema municipality, and everyone knows that Virginia is the MP for Sheema municipality. We have just started the process and the evidence is very clear; my agents were arrested including Hon. Odo Tayebwa, Hon. Mwijukye Francis was arrested, Jack Sabiti was arrested, and voting went on until midnight, bribery was obvious.”
Ms. Virginia’s supporters encouraged the petition and contributed Shs. 500,000 to help with the appeal.
Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye said the electoral process in Sheema was manipulated and at some stage the electoral commission was not in charge.
He said the entire opposition party would rally behind Virginia’s petition.
“We will not let the efforts of the people of Sheema just go in vain; we shall do whatever is possible to reclaim the victory of Sheema,” he said.
Meanwhile, a number of residents in Kabwohe town on Monday staged a demonstration against Minister Elioda’s victory in Sheema .
Police from Sheema found a tough moment calming the situation as locals carrying placards protested against what they called a sham election in Sheema.
These were unhappy that the election involved top government officials who manipulated the outcome.
During the demo, one of the journalists identified as Ddamba Wizil reporting for Bukedde TV was grabbed by ICOBI officials who blocked him from covering the protest.
Police also chased away other journalists who came in to rescue their colleague. However, the scribed were joined by residents and they overpowered the officers and Ddamba was freed, and rushed to a clinic.
His conditions however, worsened and he had to be moved to Mayanja Memorial hospital in Mbarara.
Locals said his camera and his phone were confiscated by Sheema police.
We tried to reach the Sheema DPC ASP Hillary Mukiza who did not speak to us about the matter but only kept saying the police is investigating.