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JUST IN! Supreme court rejects Kyagulanyi’s election petition

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KAMPALA, UGANDA:– The Supreme Court of Uganda has denied Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s Lawyers to file an election petition challenging Museveni’s presidential victory in the recently concluded general elections.

The National Unity Platform’s lawyers led by Anthony Wameli of Wameli and Company Advocates had on Friday written to the Supreme Court Registrar to allow them to file their petition today to meet the fifteen-day deadline, which falls on Sunday.

“….We act on behalf of Mr. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu on whose instructions we address you as follows; Our client has instructed us to file the above presidential election petition on his behalf. Although the deadline for filing is Monday 1st, February 2021, we wish to file the petition Saturday the 30th day of January 2021 by 2 pm to avoid any eventuality,” reads the letter addressed to the Supreme court on Friday 29th Jan 2021.

“This is to request you to make provisions for us to be able to file the said petition tomorrow (Saturday) and be attended to”. The Judiciary Spokesperson, Jameson Karemani confirmed to URN that Kyagulanyi’s team had indeed written to the court” the letter adds.

Our reporter has since confirmed this from a note on the notice board written by the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo asserting that “It’s true his lawyers wrote to court giving notice that they intended to file tomorrow (Saturday) but were advised to file on Monday.

“The last day of filing the petition falls on 31st January 2021, which is a Sunday. Hence the last day for doing so is Monday 1st Feb, 21,” the Chief Justice said.

Article 104 of the Constitution as amended in 2017 allows a presidential candidate up to 15 days after the declaration of results to file a petition in the Supreme Court.

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