The former candidate for Masindi district chairperson race Wilson Isingoma Mugimba has petitioned court challenging the election of Cosmas Byaruhanga.
Mugimba who lost to Cosmas in the January 20th 2021 elections has jointly sued Cosmas with the electoral commission in a petition filed yesterday.
Cosmas polled 35,635 votes representing 67 percent against Mugimba’s 14,452 votes representing 27 percent. Lenox Mugume and independent got 1389 votes while Tom Kiweesi of FDC got 1097 votes in the same race.
In the petition, a copy of which Bunyoro Sqoop has seen, Mugimba contends that Cosmas was illegally nominated by the electoral commission as the flag bearer for NRM for the post.
He also contends that the nomination of Cosmas by the electoral commission amounted to contempt of a court order after the NRM election dispute tribunal had declared him the NRM flag bearer for that the post.
Mugimba adds that the illegal nomination of Cosmas as the NRM flag bearer by the electoral commission resulted into his losing the election as he was telling his supporters to vote a person with the NRM symbols yet the election body has not complied with the court order that declared him as the NRM flag bearer.
Mugimba therefore wants court to nullify Cosmas’s election and also award him costs and damages.
Mugimba confirmed petitioning court against Cosmas’s election victory but declined to divulge details.
However Mugimba had earlier conceded defeat in the election and say he was going to back to his farming business.
Meanwhile Cosmas said he has been served the copy of the petition adding his lawyers are studying it and preparing his defence.
Mugimba lost to Cosmas in the NRM primaries for same post before petitioning the NRM election dispute tribunal citing malpractices that later nullified his election and handed him the flag.
However Mugimba Cosmas had been nominated for the post as the NRM candidate by the electoral commission that advised Mugimba to be nominated as an independent candidate to allow him peruse the process of overturning Cosmas’s nomination as the NRM candidate.
But later NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) confirmed Cosams as the party’s flag bearer for the post saying that Mugimba filed the petition after Cosmas had been endorsed by the party secretary general as the party flag bearer.