Election petition: Court to hear Kyagulanyi’s withdraw application case today

COURT| ELECTION PETITION: The Supreme Court will convene on Thursday March 4 am to hear Robert Kyagulanyi’s application for withdrawal of the Presidential Election Petition.

This follows the gazetting of an application in which the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Robert Kyagulanyi, asked the Supreme Court to withdraw his election petition.

Having the application to withdraw an election petition published in the Uganda Gazette is one of the requirements that an applicant is supposed to fulfill before the application is heard.

On February 24, 2021 one of Kyagulanyi’s senior lawyers, Medard Sseggona, applied to the Supreme Court to withdraw the case, and the Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo explained to him that a withdrawal of a petition must be accompanied by affidavits

According to the gazette dated March 1, Kyagulanyi’s election petition number 1 of 2021 has been publicized for withdrawal.

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“Notice is hereby given that (an) application has been made to the Supreme Court of Uganda for leave to withdraw the petition presented by Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert (applicant/petitioner) touching the election to the office of the President of Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta (first respondent),” reads the notice filed on February 26 and signed by Harriet Nassali Lukwago, the Supreme Court registrar.

Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine filed a petition in the Supreme Court contesting the declaration of President Yoweri Museveni as the winner of the January 14 presidential elections.

However, hardly a month after filing his petition, Kyagulanyi instructed his legal team to withdraw the case and they filed the withdrawal application last Wednesday.

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Following his application to withdraw the case, the Supreme Court ordered Kyagulanyi to swear an affidavit affirming that he had not been compromised into withdrawing the petition.

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