High Court sitting in Masindi has for the third time adjourned hearing of the case in which Ms Asinansi Nyakato sued Ms Harriet Busiinge and the Electoral Commission (EC) for alleged vote rigging in last year’s Hoima district woman parliamentary by-election.
The case was today (Thursday) adjourned to 18 this month after the presiding judge, Justice Paul Gidudu Wolimbwa and Ms Busiinge, the Hoima district woman legislator did not appear in court for unknown reasons.
Speaking to the press outside the courtroom, the litigant said that despite the incident, she still expected “a free and fair hearing”.
Ms Nyakato who is currently vying for the Hoima City parliamentary seat in the 2021 general polls encouraged her supporters to “remain strong and always come out to stand for transparency.”
Represented by Mr Muhammad Mbabazi of M/S Nyanzi Kiboneka & Mbabazi Advocates on October 30, 2019, Ms Nyakato petitioned the High Court challenging the EC’s declaration of Ms Busiinge as winner of the Hoima district woman legislative seat.
Ms Busiinge who stood on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket was declared winner in the hotly contested by-elections polling 33,301 votes while her sole opponent Forum for Democracy Change (FDC), Ms Nyakato garnered 28,789 votes.
However, Ms Nyakato petitioned court demanding for the nullification of Ms Busiinge’s declaration.
Ms Busiinge is represented by Counsel Moses Kabega of M/S Kabega, Bogezi & Bukenya Advocates.