Court of Appeal has thrown Winnie Komuhangi Matsiko, the Rukungiri Woman MP out of parliament.
Justices including Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny- Dolo and Paul Mugamba ruled in favour of Matsiko’s political rival, FDC’s Betty Bamukwasa Muzanira.
Muzanira filed a petition challenging Masiko’s election and seeking a vote recount after losing the February 2016 elections. The Electoral Commission was also dragged to court in regards to the irregularities.
At the heart of the petition were results from three sub-counties of Nyakishenyi, Nyarushanje, and Nyakagyeme.
In March 2016, the Rukungiri Chief Magistrates Court dismissed Muzanira’s application with costs, forcing the FDC candidate to petition higher courts.
According to results announced by the district registrar, Pius Ahimbisibwe, Matsiko polled 58,994 while Muzanira got 54,966. Muzanira, however, accused the Electoral Commission of committing errors during the announcement of the results and in the declaration forms.