Speaking today at the party offices located at Plot 13 Kyaddondo Road in Kampala, Kabasharira said it was wrong for Odoi to overturn her victory basing on contested results.
According to the new results announced last week, the state minister of Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana defeated Kabasharira with only 20 votes. According to Odoi Rukutana polled 25,310 votes against Kabasharira’s 25,290 votes. This forced her to petition the party’s election tribunal alleging that Odoi’s actions which were in bad faith led to her loss.
Kabasharira accused Odoi of lying that he visited the four contested villages, yet he was taken on a guided visit by Rukutana’s agents. Her main point of contention is in four villages where she says results were either doctored or no elections were held at all. The four villages include; Nyakahita, Ruyonza, Rwakabira and Rugongi.
She now wants the tribunal to either declare her the winner or hold a re-run in the four contested villages. Speaking to URN after her presentation to the tribunal which was led by her lawyer Wesley Tusingwire, Kabasharira said she wants to first exhaust all the appeals mechanism provided for in the party before she can announce her next course of action.
“The chairman already investigated those allegations and took a decision. In our view, this tribunal cannot hear a petition that the chairman determined,” said Oryem.
This prompted Enock Barata, one of the party lawyers appointed to hear the petitions, to wonder why then they were appointed in the first place.
Rushenyi was among some of the areas which witnessed high levels of violence that led to the shooting and wounding of one person as the NRM was holding party primary elections. Rukutana was arrested, prosecuted and then remanded for two weeks for allegedly shooting a supporter of his opponent.