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Court starts hearing Ssematimba, 96 other election petition appeals

FILE PHOTO: Ssematimba in court

The Court of Appeal has kicked off the first steps in hearing 97 election petition appeals filed by litigants dissatisfied with decisions of  lower courts.

This first step is called conferencing where  lawyers of both parties agree on issues to be determined by  court before the case file is forwarded to a panel of  three justices  for hearing.

Among the petitions handled on day one of conferencing Monday is an appeal filed by the National Council of Higher Education  challenging the decision of High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe to invalidate an A’ level certificate of equivalence issued to the Busiro South MP Peter Ssematimba.

The  said invalidation was a basis on which Justice Mugambe on June 10, 2016 based her decision to  nullify the election of Ssematimba and ordered for fresh elections to be conducted.

Conferencing of another appeal which was filed by MP Ssematimba against his opponet DP’s Stephen Ssekigozi in order  to retain his seat in parliament, didn’t proceed because his lawyer didn’t file any issues with court.

This prompted the  court’s deputy registrar  Deo Nzeyimana who presided over this conferencing session to adjourn this particular Ssematimba case to November 4, 2016.

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