Mbale High Court’s Justice Andrew Byabasaija on Monday dismissed two petitions which were challenging the recent Parliamentary poll victories in Tororo County and Agule County, in Pallisa District respectively.
In Pallisa, the former Agule County MP David Ochwa who lost to Polycarp Ogwari had challenged the latter’s victory with allegations that he (Ogwari) committed several electoral malpractices such as ballot stuffing, voter bribery, violence, intimidation among others.
Byabashaija however dismissed the case on grounds that there was no substantial evidence to pin the respondent.
Responding to the ruling, Hon Ogwari called upon his opponent to accept defeat and support him.
“My message to the opponent is, nobody is born in politics, nobody is not a politician and nobody is a politician in this world…I didn’t know that I would come and stand but I stood making sure that the people of Agule constituency take the choice which they took and therefore I want to make sure we are all one,”
In Tororo County, Justice Byabasaija also dismissed a petition filed by Annette Nyaketcho challenging the victory of Geoffrey Ekanya.
This petition was dismissed on grounds that the Commissioner of Oaths didn’t have a practicing certificate to file the petition.
Ekanya later briefed Journalists shortly after Court and expressed his happiness.
The ruling, he said was in Law since the Judge quoted the acts of the High Court of Advocates and lawyers who don’t want to pay taxes to renew their practicing certificates.
“If you want to file the election petition you must make sure that you follow all the rules and procedures of the law as laid out in the Constitution and parliamentary election act, a law without a practicing certificate, you forge affidavits, you can’t forge a petition and if you lose the petition you become a worst lawyer,” Ekanya said.
Nyaketcho regretted the ruling because she didn’t know that the person who issued her application didn’t have a practicing certificate.