By Frank Kamuntu
Mbarara: The State Minister for Economic Monitoring and former Principal Private Secretary to the President, Molly Kamukama has dragged her own National Resistance Movement (NRM) party to court challenging the declared results in the recently concluded Kazo District primary elections which she lost to Jenifer Muheesi Abaho after a recount at the party Electoral commission headquarters in Kampala.
Kamukama had 16,715 votes while the winner had 16,802, which Kamukama challenges citing intimidation of her voters and fraud, among other electoral malpractice forms.
According to her, the results that were announced by Dr Tanga Odoi’s EC are different from the contents of the declaration of results forms, which she argues is a clear indication that she was rigged out in favour of her opponent.
In a suit filed Monday, October 5, 2020, at the High Court in Mbarara, Kamukama is seeking for an injunction to block the NRM from forwarding Muheesi as the flag bearer to the National Electoral Commission for Nomination.
The matter which is scheduled for hearing on October 14, the NRM is being sued alongside Dr Tanga Odoi the party’s Electoral Commission Chairman, the recently appointed NRM election Disputes Tribunal and the Flagbearer Muheesi.
Kamukama therefore has asked the court to issue an injunction restraining the NRM and its EC from nominating and endorsing Muheesi to the Electoral Commission as the NRM Flag bearer for Kazo district Woman MP before a final verdict of her case.
The development comes hours after Mr Cosmas Byaruhanga, the incumbent Masindi District chairperson has also sued the party’s election disputes tribunal for allegedly declaring someone who had lost as the winner without following the right procedure.
Mr Byaruhanga alleges that the party’s election disputes tribunal fraudulently cancelled his victory without granting him a fair hearing.
In his petition, he contends that he won the September 11 election after garnering 24,744 votes against his opponent.
This is not the first time the party has been dragged to court noting the recent one where President Museveni was sued in his capacity as the chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party for allegedly being responsible for the chaotic party primaries last month.
The petitioner, Mr Jackson Ntwatwa, who filed the suit in the High Court in Kampala, stated that the directive by Mr Museveni a few days to the primaries, to allow unregistered party members to vote contravened the NRM constitution.
“A declaration that the directive of the 1st respondent (President Museveni) to allow all persons with a national ID to vote in the party primaries even if not a registered member, was illegal contrary to the constitution of the National Resistance Movement,” Mr Ntwatwa stated in his petition.
“The 2nd and 3rd respondent (NRM and EC of NRM), failed to organise free and fair elections and did not resist such directives issued by the 1 respondent (Mr Museveni), which directive violated Section 44 1, 2, and b of the constitution of the NRM, which caused violence and rigging of the elections,” he further contended.
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