KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Supreme Court has on Friday ruled to dismiss the application filed by former National Unity Platform Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine to file for more evidence in his ongoing election petition.
In a court ruling chaired by Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, 8 of the 9 judges concurred to deny the request, however they promised to give the reasons for their decision in the final judgement.
Last week Kyagulanyi’s lawyers filed an application requesting for more time to file their affidavits because during the provided time frame they were unable to reach out to a number of witnesses who were still in custody, while others who had been released couldn’t be easily accessed because they were in distant places
Shortly after the ruling, Medard Ssegona the lead counsel for Kyagulanyi said they would consult their client on the way forward
“We are going to prepare the available evidence on court record as well as advise our client on the way forward. We are in a battle field which you know very well has not yet ended.”
Ssegona also revealed that for his safety and for proper management of their evidence some of the members of his team no longer sleep at their residences
He added that in fear of breaking into their law firms and tampering with evidence, they decided to operate mobile law firms.
They added that part of other evidence had been locked in the NUP offices which were under siege by Security personnel who left the venue on the date for the deadline for filing and thus they could beat the deadline.
Bobi Wine filed an election petition last month in which he challenges President Yoweri Museveni’s victory citing irregularities and election malpractice in the recently concluded January 14 elections.