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Museveni asks Court to dismiss Bobi Wine’s petition with costs

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ELECTION PETITION: President Yoweri Museveni has through his lawyers asked the Supreme Court to dismiss Bobi Wine’s election petition seeking to challenge his election victory in the recently concluded 2021 elections.

NRM’s Museveni won the election by 58% of the vote casts to secure his 6th term in office since 1986 while his closest challenger Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine scored only 35%.

Bobi Wine through his Lawyers had filed a petition on Monday 1st February asking the supreme court to nullify the election results as void citing vote rigging and election malpractice that marred the Jan 14 Elections.

Through his lawyers, Kiryowa and Karugire advocates, Museveni maintains that he was validly elected in free and fair election.

In his response to the petition Museveni says that the general election was conducted in accordance with all electoral laws and the constitution.

He further states that Bobi Wine’s petition is bad in law since it was filed out of the prescribed 15 days after the declaration of the election results on 16th January 2021.

According to Museveni, the confrontation allegations, blockage from campaigning and assault of Ugandans during the electoral period were occasioned by wrongful and unlawful conduct of Kyagulanyi in defiance of election guidelines.

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Museveni denies allegation by Kyagulanyi that election guidelines were enforced selectively and using abusive language against him.

According to the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, a panel of 9 Supreme Court Justices are set to hear Kyagulanyi petition.

Court has set the pre-hearing of the petition to kick-off next week.

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