PHOTOS: Court Upholds Entebbe MP Election

High Court Judge Justice Isabirye Kaweesa has upheld the election of Entebbe Municipality Member of Parliament Hon Rosemary Tumusiime in parliament after his rival Mike Kakembo failed to prove to court that there were inconsistencies in the elections as he alleged in his petition.

Kakembo claimed in court that there was ballot staffing in favor of Tumusiime, treat disenfranchising of voters rights after cancellation of results from some of the polling stations by Wakiso District Returning officer Sarah Bukirwa; bribery and voter intimidating.

The Judge faulted Kakembo for filing his petition basing on mostly hear-say evidence and failing to bring in court the witnesses with first hand evidence.

Tumusiime's supporters taunt Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago
Tumusiime’s supporters taunt Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago

Justice Isabirye also pointed out that evidence from most of the people who swore in affidavits in support of his arguments were unreliable since they had conflicting details; some submitted different signatures on various pages of their affidavits while many of those whom Kakembo said that their rights were disenfranchised were non-voters whereas others were under age.

“There was no evidence on record to prove beyond reasonable doubt that non registered voters were allowed to vote since even the petitioners agents signed on the declaration of results form as Sarah Bukirwa informed court, information pills ” he said.

In his judgment about the issue of ballots staffing here, extension of elections beyond gazzeted time and allowing unauthorized people to vote, the judge noted that the evidence tabled was not enough.

NRM supporters dressed a puppy in DP colors
NRM supporters dressed a puppy in DP colors

On the issue of voter intimidation, the District Police Commander Entebbe Godfrey Ninsiima in his affidavit and cross examination insisted that no military personnel were seen chasing away voters.”

The places where results were nullified, the judge noted that this would not have had a significant impact on of the final results.


Supporters of Hon Tumusiime broke into wild celebrations outside when the judge announced his decision in her favor.


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