NRM has warned Bobi Wine that any action to withdraw his petition will require him to pay fines as compensation for wasting their time in court hearings.
The National Resistance Movement party has warned NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine that any action to withdraw his petition will require him to pay fines as compensation for wasting their time in court hearings.
On Monday morning, Kyagulanyi disclosed that he has requested his lawyers to withdraw his petition challenging Museveni’s victory in the just-concluded elections on grounds that the judges were not willing to accord him a fair hearing.
However, colleagues in the ruling NRM party led by the party’s general secretary Justine Kasule Lumumba have demanded that Kyagulanyi has to meet the consequences that come with withdrawing a court case.
“While it’s within Mr. Kyagulanyi’s rights to withdraw his case from the Supreme Court, it’s important to note that there are procedures and consequences for withdrawing a case from court,” Lumumba said.
“An application to withdraw the election petition shall have to be made in writing and If the application is granted. the petitioner shall be ordered to pay the costs of the respondents thereto for incurred or such portion thereof as the court may think fit. The court shall direct that the notice of withdrawal shall be published in the office of the court.”
Also, she said that Kyagulanyi was scared of going to court in the first place because he did not have enough evidence but later decided to proceed but now that he has nothing new to present there he has suggested withdrawing.
“It’s my opinion that political leaders should not use their selfish interests to put our institutions in disrepute. Mr. Kyagulanyi had originally said he was not going to court which was within his rights but later changed his mind to go to court which was still ok and now he is running away from court for reasons best known to him with all sorts of wild allegations,” Lumumba added.
She further lashed out at Kyagulanyi’s claims about the judges hearing out the petition case. He said many people have worked for or under president Museveni for years but now they are in the opposition.
Lumumba said if a justice once worked for the president, it does not justify that he is ready to work for him again. She said that justices are officers of the court who swore an oath to uphold justice and their decisions are based on evidence adduced not acquaintances.
“Dr. Kizza Besigye was at one President Museveni’s personal Doctor, fellow combatant, NRM National political commissar but Right now is an opposition leader. The Issue of Mr. Kyagulanyi alleging that Chief Justice Lord Owinyi-Dollo and Lord Chibita should recuse themselves because they ever worked with President Museveni is a far-fetched reason,” Lumumba lashed out.
“President Museveni has been in the struggle at the top level for over 50 years and in so doing has worked with most senior leaders in this country. Besides those justices are officers of the court who swore an oath to uphold justice and their decisions are based on evidence adduced not acquaintances.”