KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Uganda Printing and Publishing Company (UPPC) has finally gazetted Hon Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s application seeking to withdraw his presidential election petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging Yoweri Museveni’s victory in the recently concluded election.
Although Kyagulanyi’s lawyers filed their application for withdrawing the petition last week, court couldn’t proceed with the matter before it was gazetted as required by laws governing presidential petitions.
This information has been produced in the Uganda Gazette booklet dated March 1, 2021 under the General Notice number 241 of 2021.
Upon receiving the application for withdrawing the petition, the justices on a panel led by the Chief Justice Alphonse Owinyi-Dollo, promised that as soon as the application was gazetted and all the necessary responses made, they would resume the hearing this week.
Meanwhile, on Thursday last week, Willy Mayambala, one of the former presidential candidates, petitioned the Supreme Court seeking to takeover Kyagulanyi’s petition but he was later advised to file his application via advocates of High Court.
Mayambala based his move on Article 61 of the Presidential Elections Act which gives any of the former aspirants powers to express interest to take over the petition in case the first petitioner losses interest.
In this case, Kyagulanyi lost interest on grounds that some of the judges on the panel hearing the matter have conflict of interest.