The Supreme Court in Uganda has dismissed an application by National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine to amend his election petition challenging incumbent Yoweri Museveni’s victory.
Kyagulanyi, through his lawyers led by Mr Medard Ssegona had asked court to amend the petition to allow more evidence on grounds that after the presidential elections on January 14, he (Kyagulanyi) was placed under house arrest which subjected him to post election detention trauma that hindered him from putting together all the evidence he had for his petition in the stipulated time (15 days).
However, a panel of nine Justices led by the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo dismissed Mr Kyagulanyi’s application on grounds that the matters brought challenging the legality of Museveni election are new and were filed out of time.
Mr Kyagulanyi had presented 15 new electoral offences in the application.
The judges unanimously ordered Kyagulanyi through his lawyers to present evidence to prove their case.
The ruling was read by Justice Stella Arach Amoko on behalf of the nine Justices.
Others are Paul Mugamba, Dr Esther Kisakye, Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Mike Chibita, Night Percy Tuhaise.
After the ruling, Ssegona admitted the decision by the court was a set back to his team but remained positive and insisted they still have a strong case.
“Disallowing the petition is a setback because we wanted to test the qualification of Muzeeyi Tibuhaburwa. It is the final decision of the court and we shall go by that,” he told reporters.
On Thursday, the hearing of the petition kicks off with a pre-trial session.
(Additional reporting by the Daily Monitor)