Court dismisses case challenging Namayanja’s election

Masaka Mayor Florence Namayanja in her official gown during the swearing in ceremony

Masaka Mayor Florence Namayanja in her official gown during the swearing in ceremony

Masaka high court has dismissed a case challenging the election of Masaka city mayor Florence Namayanja over academic qualification.

 Willis Mbababazi Bamwesigye had dragged the Masaka city mayor Florence Namayanja and electoral commission challenging Namayanja’s election claiming that Namayanja lacked the minimum academic qualification to contest as mayor.

However, justice Ketra Katunguka, dismissed the application on grounds that he filed the application late when the specified acceptable period of time had elapsed.

Court heard that Mbabazi filed the application 37 days after Namayanja had been gazzeted which is against the provided 30 days which the petitioner has to use to challenge an election.

The law provides that the applicant must file a petition within 30 days of the gazette and then serve the respondents in 7 days after filling, which Mbabazi did not do.

Namayanja’s Lawyer Alexender Lule welcomed the court decision saying that they were never served by the applicant but they just heard about the case in social media saying that they expected that the case did not have any merit.

“we are happy that the court agreed with us that the case had several issues of points of law and it did not stand any merit since we had not been served rather we heard the matter just in social media, the mayor is now free to do her office work since she has no case to answer following dismissal of this case, though we did not get costs” he added.

Willis Mbabazi nor his lawyers appeared before court but Mbabazi shared on his social media account that he was aware of the court decision and he is about to announce his next step.

Mbabazi of NRM lost to Namayanja of NUP, in February 2021 concluded general election.

The national unity platform’s Florence Namayanja won Masaka city mayoral race that attracted over 8 candidates after scoring the highest number of votes28824, beating  National Resistance Movements’ Willis Mbabazi who scored 2421, independent Emanuel Lwasa got 7408, democratic party’s Charles Kabanda got 841.

Other independent candidates that were in the race include Kawesi Robert who polled 105 votes, Muhamad Ssembajja got 190 votes, Pius Kabiswa got 50 and Ssengabi Francis got 20 votes

Masaka high court dismisses case challenging Namayanja’s election

Masaka high court has dismissed a case challenging the election of Masaka city mayor Florence Namayanja over academic qualification.

 Willis Mbababazi Bamwesigye had dragged the Masaka city mayor Florence Namayanja and electoral commission challenging Namayanja’s election claiming that Namayanja lacked the minimum academic qualification to contest as mayor.

However, Hon Lady justice Ketra Katunguka, dismissed the application on grounds that he filed the application late when the specified acceptable period of time had elapsed.

Court heard that Mbabazi filed the application 37 days after Namayanja had been gazzeted which is against the provided 30 days which the petitioner has to use to challenge an election.

The law provides that the applicant must file a petition within 30 days of the gazette and then serve the respondents in 7 days after filling, which Mbabazi did not do.

Namayanja’s Lawyer Alexender Lule welcomed the court decision saying that they were never served by the applicant but they just heard about the case in social media saying that they expected that the case did not have any merit.

“we are happy that the court agreed with us that the case had several issues of points of law and it did not stand any merit since we had not been served rather we heard the matter just in social media, the mayor is now free to do her office work since she has no case to answer following dismissal of this case, though we did not get costs” he added.

Willis Mbabazi nor his lawyers appeared before court but Mbabazi shared on his social media account that he was aware of the court decision and he is about to announce his next step.

Mbabazi of NRM lost to Namayanja of NUP, in the concluded general election.

The national unity platform’s Florence Namayanja won Masaka city mayoral race that attracted over 8 candidates after scoring the highest number of votes28824, beating  National Resistance Movements’ Willis Mbabazi who scored 2421, independent Emanuel Lwasa got 7408, democratic party’s Charles Kabanda got 841.

Other independent candidates that were in the race include Robert Kawesi who polled 105 votes, Muhamad Ssembajja got 190 votes, Pius Kabiswa got 50 and Francis Ssengabi got 20 votes

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