By Solomon Hamala
High court in Iganga has for the second time postponed an election petition filed against Bukoooli South Member of Parliament, Abdu Adidwa.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Godfrey Namundi yesterday postponed the hearing to allow the petitioner gather more evidence.
Three losers in the 2021 Bukooli south parliamentary race sued the Adidwa claiming he lacked the required academic qualifications to hold office through forgery besides influencing voters by offering cheap items like salt, sugar and petty cash on the eve of elections.
The three; Paul Balidawa NRM flag bearer, Stephen Dede the former Member of Parliament, Akim Wasiga an independent candidate in a sworn affidavit at the high court in Iganga alleged that Adidwa who contested on independent ticket used Grace Naamani, a pump attendant’s papers at Total petrol station in Namayingo.
Namaani claims he reported a case at Namayingo central police station three years back after losing his academic papers but was shocked to realize that they were being used by parliamentary aspirant years later.
“I thought my papers had been stolen by unknown thugs who could have broken into my rented room but instead I was shocked upon realizing that someone was using them to contest for Member of Parliament,” he said.
Justice Godfrey Namundi said the petitioners represented by their lawyer, Difus Kiiza had requested to be given more time to gather additional evidence that is very crucial in the case.
Namundi therefore adjourned court till August 27 when the case will be brought up for mention.
Hundreds of supporters of both candidates who had travelled from Namayingo to listen to the case later expressed anger after the judge adjourned the case for the second time.
Evans Ochieng, a lawyer for the respondent Adidwa said they will abide by the court judgment to ensure justice prevails.