Lwengo Woman MP Cissy Namujju will retain her seat in Uganda’s 10th Parliament after the Court of Appeal on Tuesday overturned a High Court’s decision that had nullified her election.
Three justices led by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma unanimously ruled that NRM’s Namujju was validly elected as the Lwengo district woman Member of Parliament (MP)and that she holds the requisite academic qualifications.
The Court of Appeal held that the PLE, UCE and UACE certificates brought before court belong to Namujju since they bear the same photograph that also appears on her National Identification card.
The justices also faulted Masaka High Court judge Margret Tibulya for disregarding the provision of the law that requires a voter to accompany his petition with 500 signatures of registered voters from the constituency to challenge an MP’s election.
The Court of Appeal says it evaluated evidence from Masaka High Court and found out that Namujju’s accuser Martin Kizito Sserwanga filed his petition with only 460 signatures.
The court of Appeal has now ordered Ssemwanga to pay her costs both at the lower court and Court of Appeal.