Kibanda North Member of Parliament Taban Idi Amin Tampo has lost his seat after the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of his opponent today.
Justices Steven Kavuma, Cheborion Barishaki and Paul Mugamba agreed with Sam Otada Amooti, who is Taban’s political rival and the one who appealed the High Court decision, that has been overturned today.
The Judges ruled that Taban’s election should be set aside for non-compliance with electoral laws, having failed to give satisfactory explanation as to the discrepancy in the name Idi Taban Amin Tampo as indicated in the National Voters Register and National ID, then Taban Idi Amin on the nomination form and academic documents, and Idi Taban Amin as indicated in his passport. They also noted that there was no evidence to prove that Taban legally changed his name.
They Justices have ordered a by-election and half costs to be paid by Taban and the Electoral Commission to Sam Otada.
In September last year, Masindi High Court dismissed Otada’s election petition, filed against Tampo and the Electoral Commission, due to insufficient evidence. Otada challenged the High Court ruling in the Court of Appeal.
In the September 13, 2016 ruling, Justice Elizabeth Nahamya had dismissed the petition and upheld Taban Tampo Amin’s election victory.
Justice Nahamya found no substantial noncompliance with electoral laws leading to illegal nomination and Election of Taban Amin as claimed by Otada.
The judge had also ruled that there had been insufficient evidence to prove that Taban Amin committed illegal acts and or electoral offences personally and or through his agents or through his agents with his knowledge and consent.