The electoral commission has said it will not give Biometric Voters verification machines to the legal team of Former Member of Parliament for Busongora south in Kasese district, Hon. Mbaju Jackson Kathika over late submission of the application for them.
Hon. Kathika`s lawyers submitted the application for the availability of the machines to help them build up their case against the incumbent Busongora north constituency MP.
Speaking to our Reporter shortly after High court presided over by Hon. Lady Justice Victorious Katamba, the Principle legal officer for electoral commission, Counsel Enoch Kugonza said they not ready to avail the Biometric Voter Machines to the plaintiff, arguing that whereas the Electoral Commissioner as an essential worker continued to work during the lock down, the applicant did not place his request until after the case had been fixed.
Mr. Kugonza argues that the voters` registers that were given to his polling officials can solve whatever he wanted to use the Biometric Machines for, after all some of their officials couldn’t rightly use the machines. Counsel Kugonza speaking……
Lead counsel representing the Plaintiff, Hon. Kathika, Mr. Davis Guma from Guma and Co. Advocates said he was hopeful that court will decide in their favor on Wednesday because their application for the Biometric Machines was done within the law.
Mr. Guma speaking…..
To Counsel Shaka Mugabi representing the defendant and Busongora South MP, Hon. Gedion Thembo Mujungu said they have the a good case and pray that the matter be disposed of by court within a week. Counsel Mugabi speaking……….
Meanwhile, second court session presided over by High court judge Hon. Lady Justice Rwakakooko adjourned re-scheduling and hearing to Wednesday of the election petition between Hon. Christopher Kibaznga as the plaintiff and the Bughendera county MP, Hon. Moses Acrobert Kiiza as the defendant from Bundibugyo to allow the two parties harmonized their schedules.
Lawyer Representing Hon. Kibanzanga Christopher Counsel Alfred Makasi from Kiyonga B Asasira and co advocates said this Wednesday will be for confirmation of the schedule, tell court the issues to base on in the matter and the type of documents to rely on as evidence among others. Counsel Makasi speaking…
Hon. Acrobat’s lead counsel, Mr. Enoch Wahinda from Ahebwa and co advocates warned members of the public against making judgmental statements or else, they would be charged for contempt of court.
Out of one hundred fifty five parliamentary and local council petitions, Fortportal High court is handling thirteen petitions by three judges in two weeks. END