Kabasharira petition challenging Rukutana’s victory dismissed

State Minister of Labor, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana(Photo/Courtesy)

The NRM’s elections dispute tribunal has dismissed a petition challenging the declaration of State Minister of Labor, Mr. Mwesigwa Rukutana, as the Rushenyi County MP. flag bearer.

The petition filed by the former Ntungamo District Woman MP,  Ms Naome Kabasharira, sought cancellation of Rukutana’s victory on allegations of inflation of votes and falsifying voters at Nyakahita village.

However, NRM tribunal chaired by Mr Enoch Barata, has dismissed the petition saying the allegations are not substantiated and that they found out that the people of Nyakahita participated in the voting and it was fair.

The tribunal also ruled that there is no credible evidence of ferrying voters as well as voter bribery.

“Tribunal found out that Mr Rukutana was vividly elected as NRM flag-bearer for the position of Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County,” the statement released by the tribunal, reads in part.

This was after a recount following a petition by Rukutana challenging the outcome that earlier gave victory to his political nemesis Kabasharira.

The NRM Electoral Commissioner Chairman, Dr Tanga Odoi, had earlier said they went through the results from each village as the candidates confirmed that they are the right ones, and the tally gave Rukutana a slim 20-vote-advantage.

Meanwhile, Ms. Kabasharira has resolved to run as an independent candidate for the same seat.

Mr. Rukutana was on September 15 released on bail after spending 10 days in prison, following an incident where he allegedly shot and injured a one Mr Rweiburingi in an election-related brawl.

He’s facing charges ranging from attempted murder, assault, malicious damage to property, and threatening violence.

The NRM tribunal also dismissed the petition against the victory of Mr Timuzigu Michael Kamugisha, as the flag-bearer for Kajara County.

Mr. Twamuhabwa Wilson Kadiidi, had sought cancellation of Timuzigu’s victory on allegations of electoral malpractices, bribery and intimidation.

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