Uganda: DP Blocks New Busia District Chairperson Inauguration

27 November 2018

The Democratic Party has secured a court injunction blocking the swearing in and gazetting of Mr Geoffrey Wandera as the new Busia District Chairperson.

DP petitioned court on Monday after their candidate Deo Hasubi Njoki's nomination was cancelled by the electoral commission due to inconsistencies in his names on various documents.

Following a hearing, the deputy registrar of the high court Lillian Mwandha issued the injunction on Monday.

"We had to file an injunction to halt everything until our petition is heard. Besides that, we also had to file an interim application so that the status quo can be maintained. If there's any person who has purportedly been declared as a winner, then that person shall not be gazette

The DP Secretary General, Mr Gerald Siranda said they spent the whole of Monday at court trying to stop Wandera from ting office.

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"We had to file an injunction to halt everything until our petition is heard. Besids that, we also had to file an interim application so that the status quo can be maintained. If there's any person who has purportedly been declared as a winner, then that person shall not be gaztted," he said.

About Wandera's win

Mr Wandera, 46, is one lucky man.

He entered the race as fringe candidate, far from a top contender for the race that many analysts thought would either be between the Opposition joint candidate Njoki and National Resistance Movement's Mr Paul Boniface Oguttu.

Other candidates included Mr Chrispus Bwire and Mr Tony Ojambo, both independents.

However, Mr Oguttu and Mr Njoki, were disqualified from the race by Electoral Commission (EC) on different grounds while two independents deliberately withdrew from the race. Just like that!

The election to fill the vacant position was due on Thursday.

According to the EC chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, in two different statements released On November 24, the nomination of Mr Oguttu as a candidate had been cancelled on grounds that the names in the nomination papers he presented did not match the names on the requisite academic documents accompanying his nomination papers.

Justice Byabakama also said Mr Njoki was not a registered voter under and thus unqualified to contest.

Mr Wandera said when the EC disqualified the two candidates, he knew he was heading for bigger things.

He said his priority will be to improve service delivery in health and education sectors.

"My leadership will be creating a district that works for everyone in all sectors with discrimination most especially in health and education," he said.

Born in 1972 and raised in humble family as child with a disability, Wandera, who entered the race as an independent but NRM-leaning, grew up with his parents in Mayombe Village in Dabani Sub-county. He has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Uganda Christian University.

He cut his political teeth when in 1996, he joined active politics and was elected the district representative for persons living with disabilities (PWDs) in 1998.

"I started participating in politics in 1996 as member of task force of various candidates vying for seats. I developed passion to contest for a position of PWDs, which I did and won," Mr Wandera said.

Mr Wandera has also served in several positions in the local government, including chairperson finance and planning committee and as district speaker until 2005.

"I have actively participated in the local politics of this district and I have the knowledge and skills to run the affairs," he said.

Mr Wandera said unending by-elections and court battles have dragged the district behind in terms of development.

"I will work to reunite the district because without unity, we will continue lagging behind," he said.

He said he will lobby for increased funding to support the development of infrastructure and other sectors in the district.

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