Court dismisses Kyagulanyi’s application to file new evidence against Museveni

Court dismisses Kyagulanyi’s application to file new evidence against Museveni

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application in which National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi sought to add new evidence to the election petition challenging Museveni’s election as the president of Uganda.

Kyagulanyi had sought court’s permission to be allowed to add new evidence to the petition arguing that he was under house arrest for a number of days, there were several electoral offences committed and that Museveni was not qualified to stand for presidency.

However, on Tuesday afternoon, the panel of nine justices of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo threw out the petition.

In their ruling read by Justice Stellah Arach Amoko, the Justices encouraged Kyagulanyi through his lawyers to bring evidence during the hearing supporting the said issues which are already in the original petition. They promised to offer a detailed explanation in the decision arising from the main petition.

 

Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Medard Lubega Sseggona told journalists that they are dissatisfied with the court decision. He however said that they have nothing to do since the Supreme Court is the last judicial structure of the country.

Kyagulanyi ran to court after the Electoral Commission declared Museveni the winner of the January 14th, 2021 presidential elections.

According to poll results announced by the electoral commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, Museveni garnered 58 percent of the total votes cast against Kyagulanyi’s 35 percent.