President Yoweri Museveni has been served with court summons for the matter challenging victory in the just concluded 2021 presidential elections.
National Resistance Movement (NRM) lawyers led by the counsel Isingoma Esau of KK Advocates and the party’s Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba on behalf of Mr. Museveni were served by National Unity Platform (NUP) lawyers led by Anthony Wameli.
“We are here to receive court summons and a copy of the petition for the matter challenging our candidate’s victory. We shall go through it to access the grounds,” she said, adding that President Museveni instructed KK Advocates to receive summons on behalf of him.
“I call upon all NRM supporters from various polling stations to support in all possible ways. We shall need them in swearing affidavits and giving us information,” she said.
Earlier the NRM revealed that they have lined-up 40 lawyers to defend their candidate’s victory.
On Monday the National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine petitioned the Supreme Court calling for annulling Museveni’s victory in the just concluded 2021 elections.
On Thursday 14th January, 2021, the Electoral Commission conducted presidential elections where Ugandans exercised their constitutional rights of choosing a president who will lead them through a five year term. Uganda has a total 18,103,603 registered voters and 34,684 polling stations however only 10,350,819 people turned up to vote.
The presidential election which comprised 11 candidates was won by President Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta who got 6,042,898 (58.38%). His closest opponent Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu got 3,631,437 votes (35.08%).
Through his lawyers led by Medard Seggona, Bobi said that the election was not free and fair. He contends that throughout the campaign period the People of Uganda generally, and more particularly his supporters endured untold suffering, torture, degrading and inhuman treatment on the orders of Gen Museveni. He cited the dark days of 18th and 19th November 2020 which saw over 50 innocent, unarmed citizens murdered in cold blood by the police and military.
Bobi Wine wonders how a candidate would get 100% at over 200 polling stations with all registered voters turned up- no one died, was sick, travelled or just didn’t vote. “That no ballot was invalid at polling stations in rural areas of Isingiro and Kazo, yet there were invalid votes at polling stations in urban places including Kampala,” he said.
“The election was marred with massive irregularities including state inspired violence, intimidation and harassment of my supporters, myself and other opposition candidates, ballot stuffing with pre-ticked ballot papers in favour of Museveni, alteration of Declaration of Results Forms, Confiscation of Declaration Forms from our agents by Security Personnel and flawed tallying processes,” he said.