Museveni’s lawyers say Kyagulanyi’s legal team is free to withdraw petition

By Sania Babirye

President Museveni’s legal team says that they have no objection to National Unity platform party president Robert Kyagulanyi’s withdraw of his election petition .

The lawyers led by Kiwanuka Karugire are replying to Kyagulanyi’s application seeking for leave to withdraw the said petition officially after Robert Kyagulanyi announced that he decided to withdraw his petition because he believes that some of the justices led by chief Justice Alifonse Owiny Dollo are biased and will not give him justice

Now, Museveni’s legal team says its Bobiwine’s right to withdraw his petition if he has lost interest and feels that he will not get justice.

They further add that this will also save them time they would have spent in prosecuting the said petition.

When the said application is gazetted, then the chief justice will notify the parties when it will be heard

Kyagulanyi officially files to withdraw presidential election petition

By Sania Babirye

Hearing of the application seeking for leave to officially withdraw Robert Kyagulanyi’s presidential election petition has been adjourned until its gazatted.

Chief justice Alifonse Owiny Dollo has informed Kyagulanyi’s legal team led by Medard Ssegona that according to the rules governing Election petitions, the said petition must be received by the court’s registrar who publishes a notice of intention to withdraw the petition and since Kyagulanyi’s legal team filed their application today, the gazetting had not been done.

The Chief justice adds that that if it is gazetted by Friday, the said application will be heard on Monday next week.

Justice Dollo has given Kyagulanyi’s lawyers up to today to file their second affidavit explaining that the law requires that in addition to the affidavit by Kyagulanyi, to support his application, his lawyer must also file an affidavit which Ssegona did not do.

He also ordered all parties including the respondents to file their affidavits by Saturday emphasizing that the process is meant to see that all the necessary legal process of withdrawing an election petition as it is in hearing an election petition is followed.

This morning Kyagulanyi’s lawyers officially applied for leave to withdraw the said petition on grounds that their client believes that he was not going to get justice he was seeking.

Kyagulanyi cites incidences like denying him to amend his petition and bring in fresh evidence, kidnapping, torturing and arresting his witnesses among other alleged injustices.

Kyagulanyi further faults three justices on the panel including the chief justice of biasness due to his close relationship with president Museveni including being a lawyer to President Museveni in the 2016 presidential Petition by the then Forum For Democratic change presidential candidate Rtd.col. Kizza Besigye.

On Tuesday, Justice Alifonse Owiny Dollo declined to recuse himself from hearing and determine the said election petition after city lawyer Male Mabirizi accused him of being biased on the same reasons and having met president Museveni at state house in Entebbe in an alleged secret meeting which he called unethical.

Kyagulanyi withdraws election petition

By Gloria Nakiyimba

National Unity Platform party president Robert Kyagulanyi has withdrawn a petition in which he contested the results of the January 14th Presidential elections.

Hon Kyagulanyi had petitioned the Supreme court seeking to nullify the results that gave president Museveni victory on grounds that the elections were marred by malpractices including rigging and violence among others.

President Yoweri Museveni won the elections with 59% of the votes while his closest challenger Kyagulanyi came second with 35% of the votes.

A singer who turned a politician, Bobi Wine made the announcement during a media conference held Monday in Kampala.

He accused the panel of supreme court judges in charge of the hearing of being biased and failing to give his legal team more time to file additional affidavits that would form part of the evidence to back up his case

The panel is led by Chief Justice Owiny Dollo whom Kyagulanyi accused of being a friend to president Museveni and would not give fair judgement in the case. Other members of the panel are Justice Esther Kisakye, Stella Arach Amoko, Percy Night Tuhaise, Mike Chibita, Faith Mwondha, Ezekiel Muhanguzi. , Paul Muganda and Ruby Aweri Opiyo

Kyagulanyi asks for another day to file more affidavits

By Sania Babirye

National Unity Platform party president Robert Kyagulanyi has officially filed an application before the Supreme court seeking for just one more day to file his remaining 137 affidavits including video footage and photos which he says will allow the Supreme court to inquire effectively and determine all questions in his petition.

The chief justice gave Kyagulanyi’s legal team up to 14th of this month as the deadline for submitting all their evidence, buy the team was only able to file only 53 affidavits by Sunday 14th and took the remaining affidavits to the Supreme court on Monday the 16th which were rejected by the chief justice because they were filling them past the deadline.

Law experts described justice Alifonse Owiny Dollo’s refusal to receive Robert Kyagulanyi’s affidavits after the deadline as illegal.

Male Mabirizi a constitutional lawyer says that Justice Dollo’s decision to reject Kyagulanyi’s 137 affidavit’s that were brought on Monday this week is contrary to rule 13(1) of the Supreme court rules which prevent it from refusing to receive documents filed outside time but to instead mark them as “filed out of time”.

After failing to beat the deadline, Robert Kyagulanyi’s legal team wrote to the chief justice requesting to have the court receive their affidavits including those of NUP members like Ali Bukeni aka Nubian Li who are currently locked up after being denied bail by the army court on grounds that the deadline given to them by the chief justice had elapsed.

According to a reply made by the chief justice and addressed to Kyagulanyi’s legal team of Anthony Wameeli and Company advocates dated 15th February 2012, the chief justice States that only 50 copies of affidavits filed before 5pm on the 14th of February will be allowed to be received by the Supreme court registry to make up the number required by the Supreme court.

During pre hearing, Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Medard Ssegona asked for more time explaining to justice Dollo and other members on the panel that they ate finding it difficult to have their affidavits and file them in time since most of their witnesses have been kidnapped by security while others are behind bars.

The case will be determined on the 18th of March.

In the said petition, Kyagulanyi who came second in the concluded general elections is contesting President Museveni’s victory on grounds that they election was not free and fair.

Other respondents in the case include the Electoral commission and the attorney general who have all asked the Supreme court to dismiss the said petition claiming that the elections were free and fair.

Kyagulanyi runs to court over headquarter siege

By Sania Babirye

National Unity platform party president Robert Kyagulanyi has run to high court civil division seeking orders to have security operatives leave their party headquarters that are located in Kamyokya which they had taken over since the 16th of January this year.

Kyagulanyi is suing the Chief Justice, the Chief of Defense Forces, the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police Moses Kafero and the Attorney General.

According to documents filed before court, Kyagulanyi says that as a former Presidential candidate in the concluded presidential election, he has filed an election petition in the supreme court challenging president Museveni’s win but he is unable to get access to the headquarters, yet they have evidence in the offices which they mist use in their case.

Kyagulanyi says the actions of the respondents infringes on his right to freedom of association, fair hearing and civic hearing as contained in the constitution of Uganda.

Kyagulanyi is challenging President Museveni’s win on grounds that they were not free and fair and that they were marred with massive electoral malpractices.

Museveni asks court to dismiss Kyagulanyi’s new evidence

By Sania Babirye

President Museveni’s lawyers led by Ebert Byenkya have asked the Supreme court to throw out National Unity platform party president and formal 2021 presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi’s application to seek court leave to amend and introduce additional grounds to the main Petition on grounds that they are out of the stipulated constitutional time line after the elapse of the 15 days with in which to file a presidential election petition.

In the new evidence that Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Medard Lubega Ssegona have introduced, Kyagulanyi says President Museveni was not qualified as Candidate and could not lawfully Contest in the Presidential Elections being a president, commander of government, military & police and head of the National security council contrary to Presidential Elections amendment Act & the Constitutional Amendment.

Kyagulanyi further says that these allegations were favorable to President Museveni as a candidate because he used them to abuse the Electoral process by ordering security agencies to torture Kyagulanyi’s supporters and him inclusive on top of using government resources to run his campaigns.

However, Byenkya says these have run out of time to file any additional ground and that they just want over load the court and the respondents with more work since its the eve of the pre hearing of the main election.

Byenkya further stated that 20 days after the presidential elections, Kyagulanyi’s team has not yet served them with any affidavits yet by law , court is supposed to hear the petition five days after filling which is prejudicial to court process.

He maintained that under the presidential elections act, it does not allow such amendment to the petition and should be dismissed in hood faith.

But Ssegona has insisted that their client was not able to file all these grounds because state put him under house arrest through out the period leading to the elections and after elections.

Chief justice also dismissed claims from Museveni’s lawyers Byenkya instigating that the reason the petitioners have not yet served them with any affidavits is because they do not have evidence for lack of evidence to prove so.

The Electoral commission has also asked the supreme court to dismiss the said application for running out of time within which they can file their new evidence.

Robert Kyagulanyi released on bail

By Sania Babirye

The National Unity Platform party president and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi has been granted bail by the Iganga magistrate court.

Chief magistrate Catherine Agwero Nshemere has released Kyagulanyi on a non cash court bond but with stringent measures.

She has ordered Kyagulanyi to respect the guidelines issued by the electoral commission and the standard operation procedures issued by ministry of health to combat COVID-19.

Kyagulanyi is expected not to have more than 200 people during his remaining campaigns. He is expected to wear a mask and exercise social distancing. He should always have hand washing equipment at all his venues. He also must campaign within the stipulated time.

Kyagulanyi pleaded not guilty to one count of doing an act likely to spread an infectious disease contrary to penal code act and the public health control of COVID-19 rules.

Prosecution states that on the 18th of November 2020 at around 11:00am at Luuka town council, in Luuka district, negligently did an act which he knew or had reasons to believe was likely to spread the infectious of COVID-19 a disease dangerous to life.

When given a chance to address court, Kyagulanyi informed the Magistrate that this case instead of being Uganda vs Kyagulanyi should instead be Uganda vs Museveni.

Bobiwine while in the court dock stated that President Museveni should be tried for the alleged killing and committing of other crimes against innocent Ugandans.

He said that he has not committed any crime , but his crime is just contesting to challenge the over 35 year murder reign of dictator Museveni.

He has however stated that Uganda does not belong to president Museveni but belongs to the people of Uganda and Ugandans will soon reclaim it.

His lawyers led by Medard Segona also asked court to order a police officer who confiscate his torn and dirty clothes that he was arrested in .

This is after his lawyers made him change into some thing clean as he reached court but a police officer only identified as

Segona stated that it was an upfront to the integrity on the process of court and have no right to confiscate his clothes at court since once an accused person has been delivered to court he seizes to be a property of police and so his belongings.

Bobiwine’s sureties included Jonh Baptist Nambeshe, Paul Mwiru among others.

He returns to court on the 18th of this month for further mention of his case.

Kyagulanyi promises to return Busoga to her former glory

By Sania Babirye and Deo Wasswa

Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has urged people of Busoga to vote wisely if they are tired of poverty.

While addressing people in the districts of Mayuge and Iganga, Kyagulanyi said that poverty has made all people in Busoga prisoners in their own country.

He noted that efforts by communities to grow sugarcane will continue being useless in the fight against poverty because this kind poverty is political and is the reason communities have no control over their plantations and prices.

Dilapidated Education institutions in Busoga were among key things that Kyagulanyi cited which he says if elected, he will work on them.

Kyagulanyi also sympathized with the fishing community in Busoga region who are now jobless after the Army took control of the lake in the area.

He also has promised to revive the glory of the people of Busoga, the NUP big man says that the ruling party has killed the glory of this great region.

He also stated that many children in Busoga no longer go to school and have been subjected to working in sugarcane gardens which contributes to the high levels of poverty in the region.

He however says that if elected in power, he will make Busoga region shine and return all those things that made the region shine.

Kyagulanyi says NUP is ready to become ruling party

By Sania Babirye

Now Confirmed National Unity platform party president Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi says despite today historic court victory, the said case has successfully fulfilled its main reason of antagonizing them as NUP by their detractors.

Speaking on the said judgement, Kyagulanyi stated that despite the said won case being bogus, and are grateful that the judged also was in agreement with them, he says that the said case was brought up to cut their speed and vulgarize them as NUP.

He claims that due to the uncertainty of the ownership of their party, they lost over 50 candidates who were not sure whether or not the legality of NUP would be upheld.

Kyagulanyi says it was the intention of the state to cast doubt about the NUP party and cit on the domination of NUP candidates.

He says that now that the court has ruled that they ate a legal party , they are ready to become the ruling party in the coming presidential elections.

Kyagulanyi also stated that he will be going for nomination for the 2021 presidential candidate come 3rd of November.

MP Kyagulanyi asked to team up with police to fight crime

By Robert Segawa
Police has asked the newly elected member of parliament for Kyadondo East Robert kyagulanyi to work with police in fighting crime in this area .
This followed his landslide victory on Thursday last week which was mainly attributed to overwhelming support from youth.
Speaking to media today, the police spokesperson Asan Kasigye said that kyagulanyi has good connections with young generation who have occasionally been pointed out in criminal tendencies
Meanwhile he said during the whole election process 27 people were arrested for election malpractice cases and these are to appear to respective courts of laws today.