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Court of Appeal upholds Abdul Katuntu’s victory

Court of Appeal has upheld Abdu Katuntu’s election victory. File photo.



Court of Appeal has upheld the election of Bugweri County MP Abdul Katuntu.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) legislator was dragged to court by his opponent in last year’s general election, Eng Dan Ibaale over voting irregularities.

The High Court in Jinja upheld Katuntu’s victory, compelling Eng Ibaale to take the battle to the Appeals court.

Ibaale, who polled 23,195 votes against Katuntu’s 23,596 votes – (a margin of 401 votes) had petitioned court, alleging that Katuntu was not validly- elected. He also alleged that Katuntu made false utterances and derogatory statements against him and used money to procure his victory.

The petitioner also claimed that final results used to declare Katuntu winner of the February 2016 parliamentary election did not correspond with the votes cast.

But presiding Jinja High court Justice Margaret Mutonyi upheld Katuntu’s victory, saying the FDC strong man was validly elected. Ibaale consequently petitioned the Appeals Court to have the judgment overturned. But this morning, the Appeals Court threw upheld the High Court ruling.

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