The NRM Tribunal headed by Ahmed Kalule Mukasa has today dismissed a petition challenging the election of Robinah Rwakojo Gureme as the NRM flag bearer for Gomba West County.
The petitioner- Eng Kaggwa ran to NRM EC seeking for cancellation of the incumbent Rwakojo’s victory on allegations of electoral malpractices such as use of government vehicle, bribery, intimidation and inflation of votes.
However, the decision of the NRM Tribunal has dismissed Eng Kaggwa’s petition saying the allegations are not substantiated and that they could not in any way affect the results in a substantial manner. “The petition and the evidence backing it up is weak and far-fetched. There is no evidence about who allegedly chased the petitioner’s agents and supporters from polling stations,” reads part of the ruling.
The Tribunal ruled there is no credible evidence of ferrying between villages neither is there evidence of bribery.
“The issue of inflation of voter numbers is also speculative in the sense that not all persons vote for all positions in the same volumes or numbers. The petitioner had no certain statistics to back up his allegations,” Kalule said in his ruling.
Indeed, in her defence, MP Rwakojo denied all allegations against her citing that she had her vehicle all through the day (on election day) and there is no evidence to show that a vehicle belonging to her husband- Sam Rwakojo of Electoral Commission was used to transport election materials or results.