Former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) has lined up more than 20 lawyers from at least six different law firms to handle his legal challenge at the Supreme Court against President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election.
Museveni won the January 14 presidential poll with 6,042,898 votes (58.38 percent) against Kyagulanyi’s 3,631,437 votes (35.0%). The musician cum politician rejected the election results claiming that the election was massively rigged in Museveni’s favour.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate in the recently concluded presidential elections had wanted to file the election petition on Saturday to beat the 15-day-deadline which expires on Sunday, January 31, but the Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny-Dollo advised them to file the petition on Monday.
Bobi Wine through Wameli and Company Advocates had written to the Supreme Court registrar wanting to file the petition on Saturday afternoon to “avoid any eventuality.”
Besides Anthony Wameli and his law firm, the NUP legal team has chosen to keep the other lawyers and their respective law firms under wraps out of fear that they will be attacked by state operatives.
“We have not lost memories of the 2016 attack on Amama Mbabazi lawyers, instead of exposing them to attacks and other forms of intimidation, we shouldn’t expose them, at least for now,” one of the lawyers who have been working on the petition said.
In March 2016, burglars broke into offices of two law firms – Nyanzi, Kiboneka, Mbabazi & Company Advocates; and Muwema &Company Advocates and Solicitors – that were working on former presidential candidate, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi’s petition challenging that year’s presidential elections.
The 11-day-siege by security personnel at Kyagulanyi’s residence since the election day is the reason why the former presidential candidate and his attorneys feel that there is likely to be a repeat of the March 2016 scenario as Mbabazi raced against time to challenge Museveni’s re-election.
Kyagulanyi claims to be having “overwhelming evidence to overturn Museveni’s election” but at the same indicated that he didn’t have hope of his petition succeeding in court as the previous petitions by Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye because the judges are appointed by his rival.