The court dismissed a file presented by the NUP’s Fred Nyanzi to have a fresh vote recount for all candidates who were vying for the Kampala Central legislative position.
The Mengo Chief Magistrates Court Thursday dismissed a petition presented by the NUP’s Fred Nyanzi to have a fresh vote recount for all candidates who were vying for the Kampala Central legislative position.
Earlier following the announcement of the results, the EC declared the incumbent Muhammad Nsereko as the winner with 16,998 votes beating second-placed Fred Nyanzi on 15,975 votes.
Nyanzi who felt dissatisfied with the results, through his lawyers led by Anthony Wameli filed a petition seeking to have a vote recount.
In the petition, Nyanzi’s lawyers said that the election was marred with malpractices and alterations of results citing up to 50 polling stations whose results declaration forms had errors and contradicting figures.
They also, said that the EC connived with the incumbent to threaten and chase Nyanzi’s agents away from particular polling stations.
However, Nsereko’s Lawyers led by Bernard Mutyaba said that Nyanzi’s claims were only based on hearsay and no digital evidence to provide before a court.
“The malpractices talked of are not supported by sufficient documentary evidence for the court to base on to order for a vote recount,” Mutyaba said.
They further challenged Nyanzi’s lawyers to avail the names or affidavits of polling agents that were threatened and chased from polling stations.
With little response from later, Nsereko’s charges requested the court to withdraw the charges because they were invalid.
As a result, Esther Nsambu the Mengo Chief Magistrate dismissed the file at a cost in which Nyanzi sought a vote recount indicating that later lacks proper evidence to justify his claims.
In an interview with journalists following the dismissal, the Kampala Central Legislator said that he is not ready to listen to any pleas from Nyanzi’s people to forgive him the costs.
Nsereko stressed that the fee supposed to be paid by Nyanzi and his group is part of the consequences to tarnishing other people’s names.
“I am thankful that Chairman Nyanzi’s application has been dismissed with costs. I will not listen to pleas by his people to forgive him the costs. Nyanzi needs to know that these matters he plays with are not simple.
Some people need to learn that there are consequences to tarnishing other people’s names,” the Kampala Central MP-elect stressed.