Bobi Wine Withdraws Election Petition Citing Court Bias

Former presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. Image source: courtesy

KAMPALA, Uganda— National Unity Platform Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has withdrawn a petition challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s victory in the January 14 Presidential polls, citing bias of the Supreme Court.

During a press conference at the NUP offices in Kamwokya on Monday, Bobi Wine who filed the petition about two weeks ago declared the people of Uganda will have the final say since the judiciary has failed to exercise its independence.

“We have decided to remove our case from Owiny Dollo’s court, we shall now take the matter to the court of public opinion,” Bobi Wine said.

“Just like Museveni sought to challenge the victory of Obote in 1980 and later withdrew the case and chose to go to the bush, we have also sought the same since the circumstances are not any different,” He added.

He however clarified that they will not seek violent options contrary to Museveni’s actions.

“We are peaceful and we shall not use violence as Museveni did,” he said.

Mr. Wine had asked three judges to recuse themselves from the case. Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, whom he accused of having worked as Museveni’s defense lawyer in 2001 when he was similarly sued for another dispute. Mike Chibita, who, he accused of working as Museveni’s private legal secretary for 7 years, and Ezekiel Muhanguzi, who he said is a close relative of Security minister Gen Elly Tumwine a self-confessed “regime sycophant”.

Uganda Electoral Commission announced President Yoweri Museveni as the winner of the presidential elections, having garnered 58 per cent of the votes against Bobi Wine who had 35 per cent in polls that were marred by violence and sham.

Kyagulanyi suffered an early setback in his petition challenging President Museveni’s victory when the Supreme Court dismissed his application to amend the suit and include new grounds that incorporated the filing of an extra 127 affidavits in support of his petition.