SUPREME COURT: Mayambala Advised On Taking over Bobi Wine’s Abandoned Petition

SUPREME COURT, KAMPALA: Former presidential candidate Eng. Willy Mayambala has been advised by the Supreme Court of Uganda on what guidelines to follow if he wants to take over Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s election petition

Court Registrar Harriet Nalukwago Ssali, in a 25th February 2021 letter responding to Mayambala, advised him to seek the services of a lawyer to enable him file a formal application for that matter.

“Basing on the above, you are hereby advised to seek services of a lawyer with a view of filing a formal application,” Nalukwago wrote.

Mayambala had on Thursday February 25th expressed interest seeking to be guided on how he can take over the petition which former the National Unity platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi had abandoned in court.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) lost interest in the petition after failing to submit several affidavits which they had collected from various parts of the country as proof that the election cycle was characterized by violence, bribery, alteration of results, and intimidation among others.

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Bobi Wine also cited the abduction and torture of witnesses, interference with his privacy by security operatives whom he said were working on the command of President Yoweri Museveni and the Attorney General who are the first and third respondents to the petition.

While speaking to Daily Express, Mayambala noted that he had not yet seen the letter from the Court Registrar, and could not comment further on the matter or even engage any legal teams beforehand.

Mayambala who polled the least votes in a race that attracted 11 candidates had previously said that he was happy with the outcome of the January 14, 2021, general elections that saw the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni announced the winner with 68 percent.

He said that he had no intentions of challenging the Electoral Commission results issued by Justice Simon Byabakama.

When Kyagulanyi filed his application for withdrawing on Wednesday, a panel of nine Supreme Court Justices led by Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo advised him to submit an affidavit from one of his lawyers supporting the withdrawal.

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The Registrar of the Supreme Court will now publish a copy of the application in the Uganda Gazette, in line with the laws governing the withdrawal of presidential election petitions.

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