02 Feb Ugandan Supreme Court to hear Bobi Wine’s presidential petition in hotel
02 Feb, 2021
The Supreme Court of Uganda is considering to hear the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Bobi Wine in a hotel.
The move, according to sources, is informed by the current COVID-19 restrictions and stipulated protocols that have to be observed. The Kololo-based Supreme Court is considered to be too small to accommodate all the interested parties in the matter considering they will be required to adhere to the safety measures such as maintaining social distance.
According to Daily Monitor, two hotels, Mestil in Kampala and Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo are being considered to host the legal tussle. Lawyers representing Wine filed the petition challenging the election of President Yoweri Museveni on Monday, February 1. The legal team had made the first attempt to submit the petition on Saturday, January 30, but were not allowed by the court.
Wine was under pressure to launch the complaint on Saturday since the deadline of doing so was on Sunday, January 31, being the 15th day from the day the election results were announced.
However, Chief Justice Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo asked Wine’s legal team to file the petition on Monday, noting the petition would still be accepted since the set deadline for filing the petition was on a Sunday.
Uganda went to the polls to elect President on January 14 and the electoral body announced the outcome two days later. PresidentYoweri Museveni was re-elected for the sixth time after garnering 5,851,037 votes (58.64% ) against Wine’s 3,475,298 votes (34.85%).
The NUP’s presidential candidate, however, disputed the results and vowed to move to the Supreme Court to challenge Museveni’s victory. On the other hand, Museveni dismissed allegations of vote-rigging, terming the election “the most cheating-free” since Uganda’s independence. Hearing sessions are set to be heard in the course of the week.