Ruling on Gilbert Bukenya's Election Petition Postponed.

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The much anticipated ruling on a petition challenging the election victory of former vice president professor Gilbert Bukenya as Member of Parliament for Busiro North was on Monday postponed to next week. The ruling that was expected to take place today was postponed to September 28th by Justice Kibuuka Musoke of Kampala High Court.

The much anticipated ruling on a petition challenging the election victory of former vice president professor Gilbert Bukenya as Member of Parliament for Busiro North was on Monday postponed to next week.
 
The ruling earlier expected on Monday was postponed to September 28th by Justice Kibuuka Musoke of Kampala High Court. He postponed the judgment on the petition after both lawyers for the petitioners and Bukenya failed to turn up in court.
 
In his petition, Hussein Kasta Bukenya’s rival in the February’s General Election accused Bukenya together with the Election Commission of election malpractices.
 
He alleged that Bukenya used money and freebies to bribe voters to retain his seat. He claims that the former Vice president gave out soap, salt and sugar to voters in Buwanika and Kamuli parishesagainst the electoral laws.
 
Kasta cited the 300, 000 shillings which he claims that Bukenya gave Living Hope Organization; a youth group in his village in Kakiri to woo them to vote for him.
 
He also accused the Electoral Commission of misspelling his name on the ballot paper as Katya instead of Kasta which he said robbed him of the victory.
 
Kata accordingly wants court o order fresh elections under the supervision of different election commission officials.
 
However in his earlier submission Bukenya denied the allegation saying they are baseless.
 
Bukenya is being represented by Kiyemba Mutale, Wandera Ogallo and MacDusman Kabega while Kasta is being represented by Caleb Alaka and Samuel Muhwezi Company advocates.
 
Bukenya won the election contested by seven people with 17,382 votes against Kasta’s 4,953 votes.

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Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

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