National Unity Platform Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi has withdrawn his 2021 presidential election petition. Kyagulanyi had filed the petition 10 days after the Independent electoral commission of Uganda had announced President Yoweri Museveni the winner of the just concluded election.
Kyagulanyi had among others petitioned court citing electoral mal practice, election violence and the lack of independence of the Electoral Commission.
He last week also complained of partisanship of three of the nine justices of the Supreme court set to hear his presidential election petition. They Include Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Justices Mike Chibita and Ezekiel Muhanguzi.
However Chief Justice Chibita responded with an attack on Kyagulanyi and recent statements, accusing him of wasting the Supreme Court’s time.
Later Photographs emerged from CCTV cameras showing the leadership of the Judiciary having held a private meeting with the President, Yoweri Museveni who is also a respondent in the Presidential Petition. The Judiciary denied such meeting.
Kyagulanyi also said, he is unhappy the judiciary decided to block him from not only presenting further affidavits and evidence before the Supreme Court pinning Yoweri Museveni and the Electoral Commission on Malpractice. He also blamed the Judiciary for failure to allow him amend his petition to add more grounds that nullify the recent election.
“We went to the Supreme Court not to expect Justice but to expose their lack of independence. Court didn’t for us to expose it, but did the work themselves,” Kyagulanyi is reported to have said.
Chief Justice Owiny – Dollo asked Kyagulanyi to stop blackmailing Uganda’s ‘temple of justice’. Dollo said, “If you have no confidence in us, don’t bring your case here.” This Prompted Kyagulanyi to withdraw the petition.
Earlier, NRM lawyers had warned Kyagulanyi against withdrawing the petition saying, it would have some financial implication.
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