- The session started at 3:30 Pm East African time with a fully packed court
- It started with cross-examination of the petitioner, Nusura Tiperu and her two witnesses
- Sporadic violence rocked Arua town on the eve of the elections that led to killing of Bobi Wine’s driver, Yassin Kawuma and arrest of several others
- Twelve candidates participated in the August 15 bye-election
- The bye-election was conducted after the killing of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga
By Our Reporter
Arua- The much-awaited electoral hearing of the petition for the Arua Municipality bye-election has kicked off this afternoon.
Before the session started, several people thronged Arua High Court to listen to the petition. Nusura Tiperu was the first to be cross examined after the Lawyers agreed on the technicalities of seeking for a leave of court to file supplementary affidavits.
The Arua High Court Judge, Anthony Ojok is presiding over the election petition case. Tiperu is seeking for nullification of the election. When asked by Renato Kania, whether she saw MP Wadri throw stones or asking his supporters to cause violence, Ms Tiperu, said: “I did not see Wadri throwing stones or causing violence but it was his associates of Bobi Wine, Zaake, Mwiru and others.
Mr Kassiano Wadri while attending to the court session.
Tiperu, during the cross-examination, accused the electoral commission of being biased by not including her in the campaign schedule.
Abdulahi Gogo, a witness for Tiperu said he did not report to police the case of violence because ‘everybody did bot support NRM’. The Judge then said: Even the police? The Court attendants then burst into laughter.
“My name was only written on the campaign program using a pen. The electoral commission was biased and it was my campaign agents who attended the candidate’s harmonization meeting.”
The Lawyers put Tiperu to task to produce photographic evidence of her claims of Wadri’s involvement in violence that rocked the town on the eve of the elections.
Two witnesses from Tiperu’s side were cross-examined. Judge Ojok then adjourned the case to Friday morning at 9 am. Tiperu is being represented by Lawyer Barata Enock.