High Court stops Nsaba Buturo’s nomination

KABALE- The High Court has issued an interim order stopping the National Resistance Movement party from presenting Dr James Nsaba Buturo, the former Ethics and Integrity minister as its flag bearer for the Bufumbira County East seat pending the disposal of a petition challenging his election.

 The acting Kabale High Court registrar Ms Agatonica Mbabazi Ahimbisibwe delivered the ruling on Wednesday.

 The ruling follows a High Court case filled by Mr Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu, the incumbent MP for Bufumbira East, seeking the nullification of the election results claiming that the elections were marred by irregularities that included voting rigging and intimidation of voters.

Mr Kwizera also asked for a court order restraining NRM party from presenting Dr  Buturo as its flag bearer before the Electoral Commission for nominations.

Mr Kwizera lost the NRM party primary elections that were held on October 27 this year to Dr  Buturo.

The petitioner got   11,934 votes while Dr  Buturo secured  14,792 votes.

 Dr Buturo told Daily Monitor that he would get nominated as an independent candidate in case court grants an injunction stopping him from being nominated as the NRM party flag bearer.

Banyenzaki triumphs

The same court on Tuesday issued an interim order to Electoral Commission office in Kabale District not to nominate any National Resistance Movement flag bearer for Rubanda West constituency parliamentary seat.

 The Interim order issued on December 1, by the acting High Court Registrar Ms Agatonica Mbabazi Ahimbisibwe ordered the NRM party to halt the declaration of any person as the winner of the party primaries for Rubanda West that were held on November 16, 2015.

The order comes after the State Minister for Economic Monitoring Mr Henry Banyezaki filled a case at Kabale High Court claiming that the NRM party primaries were rigged.

 Eng. Denis Sabiti was declared winner after beating the other six opponents including Mr  Banyenzaki .

 The Kabale District Electoral Commission Registrar Juma Shesha on Tuesday confirmed receipt of the order but he said he would wait for guidance from the Commission’s legal team.

Mr Henry Banyenzaki told Daily Monitor that he will be nominated tomorrow as an independent candidate saying he would retain his parliamentary seat because the party primary elections were rigged.