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Bobi Wine Application to Withdraw Petition Adjourned Until It’s Published in the Gazette

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The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of an application filed by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the former National Unity Platform presidential candidate withdrawing his election petition until it’s published in the Uganda Gazette. Uganda Gazette is an official government publication that contains notices, government declarations and supplements, bills, statutes, statutory instruments and legal notices

While addressing a press conference at his office in Kampala on Monday, Kyagulanyi said he had lost interest in his petition because of what he called open bias exhibited by the court. He cited the refusal by the Supreme Court justices to accept amendments to his petition and the decision to deny him a chance to file additional affidavits to back his case.

Kyagulanyi also demanded informally the recusal of three justices including Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, the Chief Justice, Mike Chibita and Ezekiel Muhanguzi because of their previous relationship with President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni, the first respondent to the application. For Muhanguzi specifically, he alleged that he had a familiar relationship with the Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine. All these Kyagulanyi said make them incapable of determining his case fairly.

This morning, Kyagulanyi formally filed an application in the Supreme Court asking to withdraw the petition. The court was set to hold a conferencing session to agree on the issues to be determined in the main application. However before the session could begin, Kyagulanyi’s lead lawyer Medard Lubega Sseggona said he had filed an application seeking to formally withdraw the petition and asked the court to guide him on how to proceed. “We know there are some processes that have to be followed. We seek your guidance on that before we go to the petition,” Sseggona said.

Sseggona said they wanted to inform the court on Monday but didn’t succeed to do so because by the time they were ready, court had closed. The Attorney General William Byaruhanga who is the third respondent to the application said they were ready to proceed with the normal business but the court had to first entertain the application to withdraw the petition. “We were supposed to be here for conferencing but there is an application to withdraw the petition. We have been served this morning,” Byaruhanga said.

The Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo who is heading the panel of nine judges said that according to the law, Kyagulanyi has a right to withdraw his petition at any time. He however said this must also be done in accordance with the dictates of the same law. According to the law governing presidential election petitions, to withdraw a petition, the petitioner has to write an application and swear an affidavit him/herself and his lawyer supporting it, stating clearly the reasons for their decision to withdraw the petition. But Kyagulanyi didn’t attach any affidavit from his lawyers.

“We will have that affidavit today, a copy will be put on the notice board, and the [court] Registrar will also cause it to be put in the official Gazette. Once the notice comes in the Gazette, we will inform you when to proceed. This is all about the importance of the presidential election petition. It’s not handled like other matters. Even getting out you have to go through the process,” Owiny-Dollo said.

He called upon Kyagulanyi’s lawyers this time round to keep within the timeframes set by court. In the two applications that Kyagulanyi lost, his lawyers failed to file the necessary documents within the timeframe they agreed upon with the court.

Byaruhanga said if Sseggona is able to serve them with the affidavits supporting the withdrawal of the petition today, they will be able to respond to them before the end of Friday. Court then set Saturday this week as the deadline to submit all the necessary affidavits from the applicant and the respondents and the necessary rejoinders.

Owiny-Dollo said the parties should be ready to proceed with the hearing of the application by Monday provided the Gazette is out. He adjourned the court sine die meaning; there is no set date for reconvening. Speaking to journalists after the court session, Sseggona said that they filed the application to withdraw the application based on the plan, saying ignorant people should not have anything else to say about it.

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By: URN

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NUP endorses Nalukwago Judith as Makerere University Guild Presidential aspirant

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The National Unity Platform (NUP) has endorsed Judith Nalukwago as Makerere University Guild Presidential aspirant.

Nalukwago was endorsed shortly after the young Makerere strike machine; Obed Obedgiu Derrick opted out of the race. Obed announced that he will not be offering himself as a candidate in the highly anticipated Mak guild elections as the new election roadmap is yet to be released.

“Salutations to you friends, I shan’t offer myself as a candidate in the forthcoming elections as was the case earlier. Thanks to all and sundry for the unwavering support,” Obed wrote on Facebook.

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Although Obed had won the flag bearer primaries early before the closure of the University due to the Covid-19 pandemic break-up, he has decided to give way to the fellow people power member Judith Nalukwago to aspire and promises undying support for her.

In a series of posts on her social media handles, Nalukwago announced that she will be running for the position of Guild President. She says that the seat of the Vice Guild President offered her an opportunity to assert her beliefs and push more for affordable education and education reforms.

“The Vice Guild Presidency presented to me a great opportunity to assert those beliefs and push more for affordable education and address systematic injustice against students in general and women in particular. This struggle is always a work in progress,” Nalukwago said.

She added, “The task before us is an uphill one, but the power of our resolve will be the steam that gets our train moving. In the coming days, I will share broadly about this noble aspiration and what I have in plan for us all.”

Makerere University might get a female guild president after seven years. Anne Adeke Ebaju is the Youth Female Representative in Parliament.

The University now has four candidates in the race; Tumusiime Joseph (independent), Ogutti Aaron (independent), Muhwezi Maczxxon (NRM) and the only lady Judith Nalukwago (NUP). However the competition is between the NRM flag bearer and the NUP aspirant as they wait for the date of 30th March to decide the new elect Guild President.



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Segirinya’s Academic Documents are Fake – UNEB

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The Uganda National Examinations Board – UNEB has revealed that academic documents submitted by Kawempe North Member of Parliament elect Muhammad Segirinya are not authentic.

This followed a request for verification of the said documents by former Kawempe North MP contestant Sulaiman Kidandala who lost to Segirinya in the recently concluded general elections.

Kidandala is challenging Segirinya’s victory on grounds that he was not qualified enough to run for the position which he won by landslide.

“The certificate serial numbers U1884798 and A0964827 whose copies you submitted for verification are NOT authentic documents issued by the board,” UNEB wrote in a letter to Alaka & Company advocates, the law firm representing Kidandala.

The two certificates for both Ordinary and Advanced level, according to UNEB were all not for Segirinya as they indicated.

“Candidate U005/054 (2007) is Nampiima Sarah who sat at Mengo Secondary School NOT Segirinya Richard sitting at Pimbas Secondary School.”

“Candidate U0053/754 (2009) is Nabadda Maureen who sat at Mengo Secondary School not Segirinya Richard sitting at Pimbas Secondary School.”

According to the Ugandan Constitution, for one to be allowed to contest for MP, they must possess a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education – UACE certificate or its equivalent.

This, if it holds in court would directly annul Segirinya’s election as MP.

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Mbale: Galiwango Files Defense in Response to Wanyoto’s Petition

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The Mbale City Woman MP-elect, Connie Nakayenze Galiwango has finally filed defense before the Mbale High Court in response to the 123 affidavits earlier submitted by Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, who is challenging her victory citing discrepancies in the electoral process.

Galiwango defeated her competitor, Wanyoto, with a range of over 20,000 votes, after scoring 40,702 votes (53.2%) against Wanyoto’s 25,276 votes (33%) in the January 14th elections.

Other candidates in the race were; Robinah Masibo from the National Unity Platform party (NUP) who garnered 6565 votes, Maimuna Nambuya with 1852 votes, Shadia Luwungule, who had lost in the NRM primaries got 1382 votes and Racheal K Nansubuga trailed with 643 votes.

Wanyoto, on March 2, filed 123 affidavits, which she said contained all the evidence that are enough to nullify Galiwango’s victory and order for vote recount.

She told reporters in a press conference that her victory had been robbed by Galiwango whom she accused of ordering the brutalization of her (Wanyoto’s) polling agents.

“My polling agents from Bugema, Nakaloke, and Bukasakya and Bungokho-Mutoto sub counties were beaten by the supporters of Nakayenze and my declaration forms destroyed. I can’t accept the results and we are going to Courts of Law to challenge this because I believe that I won the race but the Electoral Commission declared a wrong person,” she said.

Speaking to journalists after filing the defense, Galiwango noted that she is ready to face all the 123 witnesses who claim that she rigged the polls.

“I pray God helps me so I can see those people. That day, I want to look into their eyes and see them giving evidence against me, because it is like somebody finding you with your hen and claims that it is theirs,” she said.

“I am happy my lawyers and I read all the 123 affidavits and responded to them and we are now ready to face the Court. I saw some people citing bribery, I am ready to see someone testifying that I or my agent gave them the money,” Galiwango added.

She called upon the people of Mbale City whom she referred to as “my energy” to walk with her as they defend their victory since “it is you the people of Mbale who voted for me and therefore the petition is against you too.”

 



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