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Chadema win Meatu petition

5th May 2012
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The High Court of Tanzania, Tabora Zone, yesterday dismissed an election petition for the victory of the incumbent Member of Parliament for Meatu constituency in Simiyu Region, initially opened against opposition Chadema Meshack Opulukwa.

The civil case No. 1/2010 was opened by a voter Masanja Salu who was the campaign coordinator of the contesting legislator under the ticket of ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Salum Khamis.
 
Masanja filed a civil case with intent to pressurise the court to dismiss the victory of the incumbent legislator Opulukwa whom he alleged to have violated the election rules when he uttered discriminative words against CCM contester alongside with the election supervisor of the Meatu constituency who announced the election results twice.

Alongside the dismissal, the court ordered the respondent to pay all the charges incurred for the operational costs during the court process which was being presided over by Judge Fredirk Wambali.
 
Judge Wambali started reading the judgment from 10.30 am and ended at approximately at 13.30 in the afternoon when he ended by announcing that the Chadema legislator was the legal winner of the case.

Speaking after the judgment about his victory, Opulukwa thanked the court and said that it had passed the right judgment, pointing out that the claimant had no enough evidence in the case.  He also thanked the people in his constituency for close follow up of the case as well as of matters concerning their development.

Meanwhile, Fred Mpendazoe’s advocate Peter Kibatala yesterday issued a notice for appeal against the ruling issued by the High Court on Wednesday in favour of Segerea MP Makongoro Mahanga.

Kibatala issued the notice of intent to the High Court yesterday, saying that at present Chadema officials were examining the ruling document.

He explained that the notice of intent adhered to legal requirements that calls for any unsatisfied party by the High Court ruling to issue such a notice ahead of an official filing of the appeal

On Wednesday this week the High Court issued a verdict into the petition filed by Mpendazoe who had been fielded by Chadema for Segerea Parliamentary election in 2010.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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