FDC Vice President Salaam Musumba Withdraws Petition Against Former Speaker Kadaga

  • by Rodney Mponye
  • August 19, 2021

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) vice president Proscovia Salaamu Musumba is among several former contestants in the January 14 polls that have withdrawn petitions against their rivals.

Ms Musumba, who is the FDC vice president for the eastern region, has withdrawn the petition in which she was challenging the election of Ms Rebecca Kadaga as the Kamuli District Woman MP.

In the petition filed before Jinja High Court, Ms Musumba had alleged that Ms Kadaga committed numerous electoral offences before and during polls.

But Ms Musumba yesterday told court presided over by Justice Isa Sserunkuma that she was no longer interested in pursuing this petition.

In Bunyangabu District, Mr Patrick Murungi Zeresire yesterday withdrew a petition challenging the election of Mr David Kamukama as the Bunyangabu County MP.

Mr Zeresire, who lost to Mr Kamukama, had sued the latter, accusing him of lack of academic qualifications.  But Mr Zeresire told Justice Jesse Byaruhanga in Fort Portal High Court that he was withdrawing the petition.

In Lira, the High Court on Monday accepted the withdrawal of an election petition filed by former Lira City mayoral candidate Mike Ogwang Veve, who was challenging the election of Mr Sam Atul.

Mr Ogwang, the former interim city mayor, ran on the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party ticket in the January 2021 mayoral elections.

But he lost to Mr Atul, an Independent candidate. Mr Ogwang polled 12,056 votes against Mr Atul’s 12,515.

However, Mr Ogwang in early March ran to the High Court in Lira on grounds that the election was marred with gross irregularities.

But during the commencement of the petition hearing on Monday, Mr Ogwang asked court to allow him withdraw the petition. This, he said, would allow him to enter into an out-of-court settlement with Mr Atul. Accordingly, the presiding judge, Justice Vincent Emmy Mugabo, granted his request.