Ugandan Opposition Leader Wine Withdraws Presidential Election Petition against Museveni

NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu withdraws Presidential Election Petition against Museveni win citing bias from the judges. Courtesy Photo
By :
Kirunda Dan

National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has instructed his lawyers to formally withdraw the election poll petition which he had filed in the Supreme Court, challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s victory in the January 14, 2021 general election.

He made the disclosure while addressing the media at his party headquarters in Kamwokya, a city suburb.

“We are withdrawing the case from Mr Owiny Dollo’s court,” said Bobi Wine.

He, however revealed that the case will now be taken to the public court since Ugandan courts have failed to show that they are independent but instead continue to work for President Museveni.

Wine is particularly not been happy with court’s decision to deny him chance to amend his petition, and later on rejecting some of his witnesses sworn affidavits, yet according to his lawyers, the court had allowed the same in previous petitions.

“We went to the Supreme Court not expecting to get Justice but hoping to expose its lack of independence. But the court has not waited for us to expose it. They have decided to expose themselves,” he told the press last week

The NUP Leader has also in the past few weeks asked up to three judges on the court bench including Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollow to rescue themselves from his case on grounds that they are biased against him.

The other two Justices are former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita who formally worked in President Yoweri Museveni’s office and Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, a relative to Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine.

Wine’s petition withdrawal comes a day after President Museveni, the Electoral Commission and Attorney General filed their 185 affidavits in response to the 53 grounds that NUP legal team had raised to prove that the election was rigged, and wasn’t free and fair.

With the case now withdrawn, Africa Tembelea understands that Bobi Wine could face heavy financial implications from lawyers representing the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General’s office.

Mr Oscar Kihika, the director of the NRM legal department, told journalists at the weekend that the party will ask Bobi Wine to pay all expenses the party incurred in preparation and responding to the election petition.

“I hope his [Kyagulanyi] lawyers are advising him about this action of his because to withdraw the petition, there are specific provisions to be considered,” Mr Kihika said.

“Obviously if he withdraws, he can be rest assured that as lawyers for the respondents we shall go after Hon Kyagulanyi for the costs if he chooses to take that course [of action]. That is for sure,” Kihika added.

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