Aine Godfrey Kaguta Sodo, President Yoweri Museveni’s youngest brother today announced that he has stepped down from Mawogola North Member of Parliament race.
Sodo confirmed on Wednesday that he had pulled out of the race in favor of Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa’s daughter Shartis Nayebare Kutesa Musherure.
However Sodo has revealed that he was forced out of the race because he and his family including President Museveni, Sam Kutesa, Shartis Kutesa, Salim Saleh, Gen. Muhoozi among others had a meeting to discuss the allegations that were being made against him by Kutesa’s daughter.
According to Sodo In one the interviews said he was forced to quit the race following the closed door meeting with the family.
Sodo further asserted that Museveni decided that he should quit the and he had to choice but to agree with the family .
However Sodo expressed his anger following this decision since no one is going to compensate him and his supporters for the resources that he has used.
”Who is going to compensate me, its a loss” Furious Sodo said
He said since both of them belong to NRM, their being in the race would have divided the party’s votes thus giving the opposition leverage to emerge victorious.
Both candidates have been running as independents despite belonging to NRM after the party’s failure to endorse either of the two close rivals.
Last month, the High Court ruled that it was illegal for the NRM party Elections Dispute Tribunal to fail to decide on the legitimate candidate for the Mawogola North Parliamentary seat. Justice Musa Ssekaana delivered the verdict in his ruling on an election petition filed by Sodo against his rival Musherure and the NRM party stemming from the contested Mawogola North primary election results.
Sodo petitioned the high court through his lawyers Acardia Advocates accusing the NRM party leadership for failing to declare him the winner of the primaries after defeating his main rival, Musherure, who wants to replace her father and Sam Kutesa.
On September 30th, 2020, the Sembabule NRM District Returning Officer, William Katokozi declared Sodo winner with 17,343 votes followed by Musherure with 16,104 votes.
Musherure rejected the results of the poll and petitioned the NRM Elections Dispute Tribunal arguing that the primaries were marred by gross irregularities. The tribunal chaired by Enoch Barata failed to rule on the dispute and referred the matter to the Central Executive Committee (CEC) for guidance, which wasn’t provided.
The CEC instead referred the matter to the NRM vice-chairperson, Al-Hajj Moses Kigongo who allowed the two candidates to run as independents. This didn’t go down well with Sodo who decided to petition the high court for redress. He asked the court to find the decision of the NRM elections Tribunal to refer the matter to CEC illegal, saying it was tainted with illegality and procedural impropriety.
“The facts as presented clearly indicate that the person who made the decision as stated in the affidavit indeed never heard that the parties. This is a total breach of the duty to act fairly and thus puts the said decision in question for being illegal and in breach of rules for fairness as enshrined in both in the National Constitution and the NRM Constitution,” said Ssekaana.
He observed that it’s a cardinal principle in the judicial system that a case has to be decided by the authority hearing the arguments and a successor cannot decide a case without hearing the arguments afresh even if the arguments have already been advanced before the predecessor who left the case without deciding it himself.