The Supreme Court docket in Uganda has brushed off an application by National Harmony Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine to amend his election petition strong President Museveni’s victory.
The musician grew to change into baby-kisser through his attorneys led by Mr Medard Ssegona had requested court docket to amend the petition to enable more proof on grounds that after the presidential elections on January 14, he (Kyagulanyi) became as soon as positioned below home arrest which subjected him to post election detention trauma that hindered him from inserting together the total proof he had for his petition within the stipulated time (15 days).
Mr Kyagulanyi had offered 15 new electoral offences within the application.
Nevertheless, a panel of 9 Justices led by the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo brushed off Mr Kyagulanyi’s application on grounds that the issues introduced strong the legality of Museveni election are new and have been filed out of time.
The judges unanimously ordered Kyagulanyi through his attorneys to conceal proof to conceal their case.
Earlier, Mr Museveni, the electoral rate through their attorneys and the Authorized real Smartly-liked, Mr William Byaruhanga (Third respondent) had also requested the Supreme Court docket to put out of your mind the application for amendment.
“The election petition is constitutionally time-scurry. The petitioner has had time to be taught through my answers and then come up with amendments. The acknowledged (amendment) application is supposed to defeat the answers of the respondent,” Mr Byaruhanga acknowledged.
The ruling became as soon as be taught by Justice Stella Arach Amoko on behalf of the 9 Justices.
Others are Paul Mugamba, Dr Esther Kisakye, Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Mike Chibita, Evening Percy Tuhaise.
Museveni, a 76-300 and sixty five days-aged passe rebellion leader who has dominated since 1986, acquired a sixth length of time with 58.4 p.c of the vote, in accordance with the most up-to-date updated count from the electoral rate.
Mr Kyagulanyi, secured 35.1 p.c and slammed the vote as a sham.
Under the structure Mr Kyagulanyi had 15 days from the declaration of outcomes by the electoral rate to venture the cease consequence.
Shedding candidates have sought unsuccessfully within the previous to overturn Museveni’s wins in court docket. One in all Africa’s longest-serving rulers, Museveni has acquired each election since 1996, nearly all marred by allegations of irregularities.
‘Invaded polling stations’
There have been allegations that soldiers invaded polling stations and stuffed ballotcontainers with pre-designate votes to boot to to tampering with electoral registers.
Mr Museveni, nonetheless, declared the election the cleanest in Uganda’s post-independence historical previous.
The disappear-as a lot as the vote became as soon as marred by violence, and a sustained crackdown on authorities critics and Museveni’s rivals.
In November, no longer lower than 54 other folks have been shot tedious by security forces accurate to Museveni at some level of protests against in truth one of Mr Kyagulanyi’s a quantity of arrests.
The opposition leader became as soon as held below effective home arrest from polling day except a court docket ordered security forces cease his detention last week.
Entry to the headquarters of his political event, the National Harmony Platform (NUP), has been blocked for weeks now.
Kidnapped, tortured supporters
Several supporters of Mr Kyagulanyi across the country have been kidnapped by armed men believed to be security operatives and tortured. Some are peaceable missing as family ticket their whereabouts or sit down up for them to be arraigned in court docket.
Basically the most up-to-date victim is one Ronald Segawa, 22, who had appeared in a video, encouraging Ugandans to vote for Mr Kyagulanyi.
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He became as soon as reportedly trailed by security operatives, abducted and detained for the 2 weeks he had long gone missing.
“He became as soon as later dropped off at Mulago mortuary- other folks that picked him thought he became as soon as tedious. He became as soon as burnt, electrocuted and his fingernails plucked out. Puss has been oozing out of his nostril and eyes. His total physique bears marks of coarse torture. He stays unconscious. That’s why we’re taking Gen. Museveni to the ICC. These crimes against humanity ought to be accounted for,” Mr Kyagulanyi tweeted.
By law, Mr Kyagulanyi must conceal to the court docket that any alleged irregularities affected the cease consequence of the election “to a appreciable manner” – a glorious greater burden of proof than in civil cases.
Ugandan courts scheme no longer “locate at elections as a route of however easiest at events on polling day and declaration day, which makes it very engaging to conceal expansive attain of fraud wrongdoing,” self reliant election analyst Crispin Kaheru acknowledged earlier.