KAMPALA – Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the former Presidential candidate on National Unity Platform ticket has withdrawn his election petition from the Supreme Court.
In a letter, Kyagulanyi instructed his lawyers led by Anthony Wameli to withdraw the petition, saying that he didn’t expect fairness there.
Last week, Bobi Wine asked the Chief Justice and three other judges to recuse themselves from the petition, saying that they are impartial, having represented Yoweri Museveni before.
He said he did not expect justice from what he described as a compromised Supreme Court.
Bobi Wine explained that his case will now be taken to the public court since Ugandan courts have failed to show that they are independent but instead continue to work for President Museveni
“We have decided to remove our case from Owiny Dollo’s court, we shall now take the matter to the court of public opinion,” he said.
“Just like Museveni sought to challenge the victory of Obote in 1980 and later withdrew the case and chose to go to the bush, we have also sought the same since the circumstances are not any different,” he added.
“We are peaceful and we shall not use violence as Museveni did,” he explained.
On Friday, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said that the judges of the Supreme Court cannot be intimidated by statements made by Bobi Wine in the handling of the Presidential Election petition that seeks to challenge President Museveni’s victory in the January 14 polls.
“If anyone thinks he can intimidate, blackmail, induce the Chief Justice, then he is headed for a crash. I have a conviction that what I am doing is right,” said Chief Justice Dollo adding that whatever is being said outside the court premises have no bearing on the presidential election petition.
Justice Dollo added: “I want to say that the judges took oath to protect the Constitution. In the oath, we all took to exercise judicial functions entrusted to me in accordance with the laws of Uganda without fear, favour, affection or ill-will.”