The High Court in Jinja has set November 29 to December 2 for the recount of votes for Jinja Woman MP seat. The resident judge, Ms Flavia Anglin Ssenoga, made the ruling following a successful election petition filed by the former Woman parliamentary candidate Maureen Kyalya Walube, challenging the election of Agnes Nabirye as Jinja Woman MP.
Ms Walube’s application for a vote recount was first made in April but was trashed by Jinja Chief Magistrate Amos Kwizera, who was not convinced by the submissions. The ruling by the chief magistrate prompted Ms Walube to petition the High Court alleging a number of anomalies that transpired in the February 18 polls.
Through her lawyers, Mohammed Mbabazi of Kiboneka and Mbabazi Advocates, Ms Walube accused Nabirye of vote rigging, voter bribery, and violence during campaigns and elections, leading to failure of some of her polling agents to sign the declaration forms.
The FDC lady also challenged the academic qualification of the now Jinja Woman MP, saying her academic papers for O-Level bear different names – Agnes Nabirye and Waiswa Agnes Nabirye, a sign that she could have impersonated.
Ms Kyalya during cross-examination said malpractice was dominant in 212 polling centres, especially Butaaya, Mafubira and Busedde sub-counties.