By Kabuye Ronald
Three justices of the court of appeal have upheld the judgement of the high court judge Isabirye Kaweesa Henry who nullified the election of the Kyandodo East Member of Parliament Hon. Apollo Katinti on Forum for Democratic Change FDC ticket thus ordering for fresh election in the constituency.
In their judgement all the three justices that’s justices Cheboron Barishaki, Steven Kavuma and Richard Buteera concurred that there should be fresh election since none of Katinti’ grounds succeeded.
Katinti who is also the shadow cabinet information minister had contended that the errors made during the tallying process were not his but rather of the electoral commission thus labelling it as unfair to punish him.
Sitenda Ssebalu who was Katinti’ opponent on NRM ticket petitioned high court challenging Katinti’ victory on grounds that he was cheated sighting out an example where he won the seven polling stations including the one of manyangwa, Kabuubo with 2 votes but instead the electoral commission declared katinti as the winner with 58 votes.
Court also found that the electoral commission errored when it declared Katinti as the winner on the finally tally with 14 votes instead of 52 votes thus a clear sign of lack of transparency in the process.
Court also ordered that Katinti pays cost certificate for one law firm and the second firm that represented Ssebalu be paid by the electoral commission.
Addressing the press after the ruling Katinti was strong and hopeful that he will emerge as a Victor even the by elections.
Its important to note that following first nullification of katinti victory by high Court, a renowned musician Bobi Wine alias Robert Kyagulanyi exhibited interest in the same seat however it still remains not clear whether he still holds the interests.