The High Court in Tabora yesterday dismissed a petition, which sought to unseat Kasulu Rural MP Agripina Zaituni Buyogera (NCCR-Mageuzi), who was elected during the October 30, 2010 general election.
High Court Judge Haruna Songoro rejected the petition filed by the then CCM parliamentary candidate, Daniel Nsazungwanko, on grounds that the petitioner had failed to prove his claims.
The court went through the evidence submitted by 34 petition witnesses and asked: “If the claims levelled against the MP were true, why did the petitioner fail to submit them to the constituency’s Ethics Committee?”
While the Judge was delivering his verdict at the full-packed court, the petitioner stood up and got out of the court room, rising public attention, as some of them jeered at him.
Speaking after the judgment, Nsanzungwanko said he was not satisfied with the ruling, expressing his intention to lodge an appeal.
For his part, Kasulu Rural MP Buyogera hailed the court for reaching such a decision, noting that “justice was done.”
She promised to continue serving Kasulu residents diligently and truthfully, as she had pledged during the election campaigns.
In the case, the petitioner was presented by independent advocate Mussa Kassimu, while state attorneys (Prudens Rweyongeza and Castus Ndamugoba) and independent lawyer Rweyemamu Kagashe stood for the respondents, the Attorney General and Kasulu Rural MP, respectively.
Residents interviewed after the verdict thanked the High Court for fair ruling and upheld Buyogera’s victory.