National unity platform Nup president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobiwine has withdrawn his petition from Supreme Court where he had challenged president Museveni’s victory.
Kyagulanyi a presidential candidate in the last concluded presidential election confirmed the withdraw of his case from the supreme Court today morning while addressing the media at the party’s headquarters in kamwokya.
“I have instructed my team of lawyers to notify the supreme Court that I nolonger intend to continue with the case I had filed challenging the victory of president Museveni,”says Nup President.
Bobi wine added that as a party, they have felt that the court under the leadership of Owiny-Dollo as the Chief Justice can not deliver a balanced judgment towards the will of the people.
Bobi wine added that as a party, they have decided to take their case to the court of public opinion however they continue to caution the public to be non violent.
It should be remembered that on several occasions, Bobi wine and his team have been accusing Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo and his Court members of not being balanced saying they can’t deliver a free and fair judgment.
He also asked three Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Owiny Dollo, Justice Mike Chibita and Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi to withdrawal from the case citing conflict of interest but his request was ignored.
over the weekend, lawyers of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) said that Bobi Wine faces heavy financial implications if he dares to withdraw the petition challenging Mr Museveni’s victory from the Supreme Court.
The director of the NRM legal department Mr Oscar Kihika told journalists last Sunday that the party will task Bobi Wine to compensate the party the costs incurred in preparation and responding to the election petition.
“I hope Kyagulanyi lawyers are advising him about this action of his because to withdraw the petition, there are specific provisions to be considered. So his casual remarks, if they are true, then they should realize that it is not a simple thing,” Mr Kihika said at the NRM party secretariat offices in Kampala.
“So this decision has to be taken not lightly. Obviously if he withdraws, let him be rest assured that as lawyers for the respondents we shall go after Hon Kyagulanyi for the costs if he chooses to take that course of action. That is for sure,” he added.
In response, Mr Anthony Wameli, one of Bobi Wine’s lawyers, said that his client would be willing and ready to cover the said costs if the petition was withdrawn.
“That is a given; that once a matter is withdrawn from court, there are costs and one is expected to pay. I don’t think my client has a problem with paying the costs. My client is aware of it,” Mr Wameli said.