Oseku Disqualified for Butebo Bi-Elections Race
The Electoral Commission has nullified Richard Anthony Oseku Oriebo, an independent candidate from the Butebo county MP by-elections.
This follows a petition filed by the National Resistance Movement challenging the nomination of Oseku on grounds that he is still a serving member of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces.
Electoral commission chairperson Eng Badru Kigundu, that EC instituted a hearing during which it was established that Oseku was seconded to the Internal Security Organization by the UPDF at the rank of Sergeant under service number RA/122998.
He explains that while Oseku resigned from ISO, he has never initiated his retirement process with the UPDF, his principal employer. Section 4 (4) (b) of the Parliamentary Elections Act 17 of 2005, which states that a public officer or person employed in government department or agency of government or employee of Local Government or anybody in which the government has controlling interest who wishes to stand for election as Member of Parliament shall in case of by-election, resign his or her office fourteen days before nomination day.
According to Kiggundu, they took the decision to disqualify Oseku from the race basing on the available evidence.
He however, says that the decision came after the electoral commission had already printed and dispatched materials with Oseku’s name.
He advises voters in Butebo not to cast votes for Oseku because they will be counted as invalid. EC has also moved to pin the notice of disqualification at all polling stations in the constituency.
Oseku’s disqualification leaves six candidates in the race. They are Aisu Elizabeth, Kashodo Eria, and Ssajjabi Yotha, all Independents. Others are Khalwa Samuel FDC, Ziwa Zaid Democratic Party and Mutono Lodoi Patrick for the National Resistance Movement.
The Butebo parliamentary seat fell vacant on April 11th after the death of Dr. Stephen Malinga, the former Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness.