The Supreme Court has declined to receive 130 affidavits from lawyers representing Robert Kyagulanyi in the election petition, saying they were filed past the stipulated time.
Kyagulanyi’s lawyers under Wameli and Company Advocates on Monday wrote to the Supreme Court, asking it to accept more affidavits that had been brought past the 5pm deadline on Sunday, February 14.
But Ssali Harriet Lukwago, the Supreme Court registrar, replied that the court could not allow the affidavits filed after the stipulated time.
“I have been directed to inform you that during the pre-hearing conference, on February 11, 2021, the court directed that counsel for the petitioner file all supporting affidavits by 5pm latest on February,14 and court still stands by that directive,” the Supreme Court registrar wrote.
She noted that only 50 more affidavits filed before 5pm on February 14 would be received to make up the number of copies required by court.
Following last Thursday’s pre-trial hearing, on Sunday, Kyagulanyi’s lawyers filed the affidavits later in the evening. Then the lawyers wrote to the Supreme Court, asking to file some of the affidavits the next day.
“On the said date, we were at court by 5pm with the said affidavits only that some volumes got to court late after the court premises had been closed. We have this morning(Monday, February 15)been able to bring all the said affidavits to court. In the premises, we request that the said affidavits be received so that we serve the same upon respondents this morning so that they are not jeopardized,”Kyagulanyi’s lawyers wrote on Monday.