Kampala, Uganda | East African Reporter On Feb. 22 former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi a k a BOBI WINE went to announce his decision to withdraw his presidential election petition in the Supreme Court in Kampala challenging the declared victory of President Yoweri Museveni in the recent concluded elections on 14th/jan/2021.
“We are going to the court of public opinion,” Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine declared to supporters in their NUP headquaters in Kamwokya Kampala.
“And yes we went to the Supreme Court to get two things: either to get justice or to get opportunity to expose the judiciary,” Kyagulanyi said after what was a frustrating encounter with the highest court in the land.
Robert Kyagulanyi also cited his placement under house arrest after the Jan. 14 elections which, he said, had a cascading effect on his inability to gather evidence and affidavits among other charges.
As the court readies itself for hearing the withdrawal matter, it is being cast under a cloud of bias of so-called ‘cadre judges’; in reference to judicial officials appointed after serving in President Yoweri Museveni’s government or the ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Male Mabirizi, a notoriously litigious lawyer, has filed an application in the same Supreme Court asking Chief Justice Owiny Dollo to recuse himself from hearing the petition filed by Kyagulanyi.
Mabirizi’s application formally captured Kyagulanyi’s cry out; that Owiny-Dollo had worked as a personal lawyer to President Museveni during the 2006 presidential election petition filed by Besigye and therefore could not be impartial while chairing a panel of judges hearing a petition challenging the president’s victory.