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MP Rwemulikya defeats rival in election petition

rwemulikya1Ntoroko MP Gerald Rwemulikya (NRM) Monday survived a dismissal from parliament after High Court in Fort Portal dismissed an election petition against him.

Court maintained Rwemulikya’s election into the tenth parliament after finding that the first-timer as opposed to his rival’s contestation.

Defeated and former Ntoroko MP Martin Mugarra unsuccessfully petitioned the High Court in February contending that Rwemulikya was wrongly nominated and elected, alleging that the latter is a Congolese by nationality.

However, court presided over by Justice Anthony Justice Oyuko Ojok on Monday dismissed the petition on grounds that the 1st respondent (Rwemulikya) satisfied court that he is a citizen of Uganda.

“The 1st respondent proves he is a Ugandan and possesses a valid birth certificate and a valid national identity card and there is no evidence to prove to court that he is not a Ugandan” Justice Ojok ruled.

“Having made due inquiry into the petition, I find election of Member of Parliament for Ntoroko was valid and the election was conducted according to the electoral laws of Uganda so I dismiss this petition with costs,” court ruled.

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