MBARARA. High court in Mbarara has started the hearing of a petition of Sheema Municipality election, filed by FDC’s Virginia Plan Mugyenyi.
In the petition,Virginia Plan Mugyenyi challenges the election results, where Minister Elioda Tumwesigye was declared a winner.
While presiding over court, Andrew Basheija the head of civil division mentioned the case, and further adjourned it to 16th January 2019 for cross examination.
After the court session, Virginia Plan Mugyenyi told journalists that with adjournment, it will enable them to plan for the next hearing of the case.
In her September 2018 petition, she seeks that court nullifies the election results and accuses the incumbent of engaging in multiple electoral offenses including vote bribery and assaulting her supporters.
Presiding Judge Dr Andrew Bashaija asked Electoral Commission lawyer, Eric Sabiti to peruse through the affidavits so as to enable a speedy process during the hearing of the petition. Sabiti had told court that the petitioners served him the affidavit on Friday and asked for more time to read it and prepare a defense.
“You are aware I have a lot to do. Even in Kampala I have another petition, so, I want to finish up this petition within 10 days. There’s neither the time nor the budget,” the Judge said.
He also directed counsel of the respondent, Kandebe Ntambirweki as well as John Isabirye who represents the petitioner, to submit all their witnesses on January 16 for cross examination.
Tumwesigye and Virginia were all present in the court room, with their lawyers of Kandebe advocates and Isabirye & Co Advocates, respectively.