SALAAM MUSUMBA WINS ELECTION COURT PETITION

By News room

The Court of Appeal in Kampala upheld a high court ruling that Kamuli Municipality MP Hajati Rehema Watongola, who was the NRM candidate, was elected without the required academic qualifications.

The High Court had made the same ruling earlier when petitioned by FDC’s Proscovia Salaam Musumba who lost to Watongola in last year’s parliamentary elections.

Watomgola beat Musumba to the Parliamentary seat, polling 8,175 votes against Ms Musumba’s 6,702 votes, compelling the FDC vice president for eastern Uganda, to seek court’s intervention.

Watongola however challenged the high court’s ruling in the Court of Appeal, which today ruled against her and ordered fresh elections.

The Court of Appeal Judges Richard Buteera, Barishaki Cheborion and Paul Mugamba ruled that the appellant Watongola was unable to provide documented evidence that  her academic  papers were authentic.

The judges also ruled that Musumba had proved satisfactorily that Watongola lacked the minimum requirement of Advanced Level or its equivalent.

They thus dismissed Watongola’s appeal with costs and ordered fresh elections.