Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Electoral Commission (EC) have been jointly sued over alleged election fraud in Kamuli District in the just concluded polls.
EC declared Kadaga as the duly elected Woman MP for Kamuli District having garnered 92,840 votes against her rivals; FDC’s Salaamu Musumba and NUP’s Bridget Babirye who got 26,909 and 10,787 votes respectively. Subsequently, FDC’s Salaamu Musumba on March 17, 2021 dragged EC and Kadaga to Court accusing them of connivance to rig her in the January 14 polls.
Through her lawyers of Isabirye & Co. Advocates, Musumba says that she is dissatisfied and aggrieved with the manner in which the EC conducted the polls. Musumba is also aggrieved with the 1st respondent- Kadaga accusing her of engaging in multiple electoral offenses. She demands that Court annuls the election of Kadaga as Kamuli Woman MP, declares seat vacant and orders for fresh elections to be conducted.
“The 1st respondent [Kadaga] used abusive language, character assassinating statements against the petitioner [Musumba]at campaign rallies in Kamuli District, calling her all sorts of names like and describing her as a “thief” who stole from Kamuli district when she was a district chairperson,” the petition reads in part.
Kadaga is also accused of using her agents to organize violent groups to disrupt Musumba’s campaigns and deface and remove her campaign posters. She is also accused of bribing voters with money at polling stations on polling day as they lined up to vote and on their way to polling stations.
Musumba blames the EC for failing to organize a free and fair election and that they went about the entire electoral process with “incompetence, glaring and abhorable bias, partiality, malafide and prejudices against the candidature and the person of Salaamu Musumba.
“The agents of the 2nd respondent [EC] refused and or failed to properly use biometric voter identification machines, at most of the polling stations…EC presided over malpractices at polling stations like ballot stuffing, falsifying Declaration of results forms, forcing agents of the petitioner to sign Declaration of results forms etc,” the petition reads.