By Annet Nakanwagi and Isaac Tayebwa,
The High Court in Mpigi has dismissed a case in which the National Unity Platform, poll flagbearer, Betty Ssentamu petioning court challenging the election of Sylivia Nayebare, NRM for Gomba district Woman MP.
Betty Ssentamu, the sister to NUP leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, has had her petition dismissed on a technicality.
The Mpigi district resident judge, Anthony Wabwire has dismissed the petition after concurring with Nayebale’s legal team that Ssentamu did not pay the court fees totaling Shs150,000 in the stipulated time.
Court records indicate that Ssentamu only paid Shs100,000 and did not pay to nill balances contrary to financial demands of the court.
“The petition is dismissed since the petitioner (Ms Ssentamu) failed to meet the financial demands of the court as required. The petitioner did not also present satisfactory witnesses before court. All parties in this case should meet their own costs,” Justice Wabwire ruled.
The 4Ds Ssentamu insists that she paid Shs250,000 as court fees.
“I paid all the money including the security fees of Shs100,000 and the Shs150, 000 as petition fees. Everything has been changed. I will have to appeal before the Court of Appeal.”
In her petition, Ssentamu alleges that her rival Nayebale had prevailed in a poll that was marred with irregularities.
However, court has dismissed the case on technicalities few days after a failed mediation between the two camps.