Published: Thu, February 04, 2021

Presidential petition will test the Ugandan judicial system says Bobi Wine

Presidential petition will test the Ugandan judicial system says Bobi Wine

Security has been tightened at the Supreme Court where former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is expected to file an election petition challenging the victory of President Museveni.

Bobi Wine faces an uphill task in his bid to convince the courts as petitions to the results of all four previous elections won by Museveni have been dismissed by the country's highest court.

Wine, a 38-year-old singer-turned-MP, came a distant second with 34.8 per cent and slammed the vote as a sham.

"We want nullification of the election".

He blasted the president saying it's impossible to record such numbers in a normal election.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, exploited his youthful energy and a widespread Ugandan love of music to build up a large following among young people and present a formidable challenge to Museveni.

The country's electoral commission declared Museveni, who has been in power for the past three and a half decades, victor of the January 14 election after he garnered 59% of the vote.

The respondents include Mr. Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta, The Electoral Commission and the Attorney General.

The Supreme Court must now rule on the petition within 45 days.

In the rulings, most judges acknowledged the elections were marred by irregularities, but said those irregularities could not have affected the election's ultimate result in a substantial manner.

Museveni, however, declared the election the cleanest in Uganda's post-independence history. Wine says he has extensive evidence of vote rigging, including ballot box stuffing, voter intimidation and the manipulation of results at individual polling stations.

Kyagulanyi's National Unity Platform party is expected to be the biggest opposition party in parliament.

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