By Mable Nakibuuka
The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has revealed that he will go to court to reject results of the recently concluded Kalungu East County Member of Parliament elections.
Ssempijja was trounced by National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Francis Katabaazi, a novice politician he had so dearly despised.
However, Ssempijja has since rejected the result of the election, alleging that the Electoral Commission officials that were deployed to oversee the election in Kalungu East did not add up all his votes, which resulted into his losing the election.
Although Ssempijja had earlier on accused prelates in the catholic church of allegedly orchestrating his failure by rallying voters not to vote for him, he has since made a U-turn by claiming that the E.C officials allegedly connived with the NUP candidate to rig the election.
“I will not give up. My ambition is to represent the people of Kalungu East and I set out to do that. I shall go to court after investigating the whole electoral process,” Ssempijja said Monday, during an interview with local radio station CBS FM.
He added that; “I know I won and that many of my votes were not included on the results that were announced, so after doing a thorough investigation I’m going to take this matter farther.”
However, although Ssempijja directs blame to the Catholic church and Electoral Commission officials for his loss, voters fault him for causing disharmony in Kalungu District and destroying the Lwera wetland by allowing Chinese rice growers and sand miners to carry out their activities in the area, something that has since created an environmental catastrophe in their area, characterized by endless flooding.
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