Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday, 28th January threw out, with costs, an application filed by the National Unity Platform’s Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu against Kampala Central MP-elect, Muhammad Nsereko that was seeking for a vote recount on allegations of irregularities and malpractices that Nyanzi claimed marred the said election.
While giving her ruling, Chief Magistrate Esther Nansambu said that Nyanzi’s application was dismissed due to a lack of concrete evidence. It was based on hearsay and thus lacked sufficient cause to warrant a vote recount could not tamper with ballot boxes’ re-opening.
Chairman Nyanzi, as he is popularly known, was also faulted for not utilizing his rights on the declaration of results day to notify the Returning Officer of his intentions to challenge his opponent’s victory.
However, all is not over for Nyanzi as his lawyer, George Musisi, reiterated that they would challenge Nsereko’s victory in the High Court. Nyanzi isn’t the only one going to Court on Monday as Nsereko looks set to apply to the taxation of his costs against Nyanzi to refund all the money he has used in defending his name and victory.
It should be remembered that following the January 14th polls, Honorable Mohammed Nsereko is the only incumbent that survived what has gotten to be referred to as the “NUP wave” in Kampala. The remaining constituencies in Kampala were all won by NUP flagbearers, with the party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s elder brother Nyanzi the only one to miss out on victory.