Voters inherit petition filed against area MP after petitioner pulls out

By URN

Voters in Bunyangabu constituency led by Robert Alinatwe, the former Buhesi Sub-county councilor have decided to inherit a petition by Patrick Murungi Zeresere challenging the victory of his rival, Davis Kamukama.  

Murungi ran for the Bunyangabu county parliamentary seat and lost to Davis Kamukama. He garnered 2,262 votes against Kamukama’s polled 31,353 votes.

Murungi petitioned Fort Portal High Court contesting Kamukama’s election on grounds he lacks the requisite Advanced level certificate or its equivalent for election as a member of parliament.  

However, recently, Murungi wrote to the high court through his lawyer Robert Mugabe indicating that he lost interest in the petition.

The decision has not gone well with several voters led by Robert Alinatwe, the former Buhesi Sub-county councilor.

They have written to the court to allow them to take over the petition with immediate effect in a bid to find fair representation in Parliament.

  Alinatwe said that they were shocked last month, when they turned up in High court, presided over by Justice Jesse Byaruhanga only to hear that Murungi had withdrawn the petition without even consulting them.

Allinaitwe said he is optimistic that justice will prevail and the court will nullify Kamukama’s election based on the evidence in their petition.

He noted that many people felt betrayed by the petitioners are anxiously waiting for the court decision on their application to take on the matter.    

In their notice of motion, the residents have listed Davis Kamukama, National Council for Higher Education, the Electoral Commission and Patrick Murungi Zerezere as respondents to the suit. .

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