By Our reporter
A team of over fifty lawyers from different law firms are getting ready to represent National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential candidate General Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni, the Independent Electoral Commission with the help of lawyers from the Attorney General’s Chambers after National Unity Platform (NUP) party presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine notified the Supreme Court that he is ready for a court battle to challenge the 2021 presidential polls.
Lawyer Anthony Wameli, who is going to lead Bobi Wine’s legal team told our reporter that they are set and are expecting to file their petition on Monday morning after supreme court denied them an opportunity to file it on Saturday.
Wameli’s pronouncement was confirmed by the Judiciary senior communications officer Mr. Solomon Muyita.
“Yes we received a notification from Wameli and company Advocates and we will be waiting for them to file on Monday,” Mr. Muyita told our reporter in a phone conversation.
Once he files, Bobi Wine will join other unsuccessful veteran politicians, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Dr. Kizza Besigye and Go forward’s John Patrick Amama Mbabazi who previously challenged Museveni’s presidential victory in the Supreme Court.
When our reporter exclusively spoke to one of Museveni’s longtime personal lawyers on how they are prepared to face off with fresh legal brains who are set to represent Bobi Wine, he revealed that the petition will be challenged from the start.
“We don’t need to panic with Bobi Wine’s petition because we have been expecting it, but I think this is going to be the easiest presidential petition of all petitions we have faced in the last 20 years,” Museveni’s lawyer who declined to be named confidently bragged.
He added that the moment they face the nine Supreme Court Justices, they are going to raise a preliminary objection (PO) challenging the presidential petition.
He explained that if Bobi Wine files his petition on Monday, after 17 days made it filed out of time.
“There is a difference between interpretation Acts made by parliament and the National Constitution.
The interpretation Act gives the aggrieved party liberty to file his petition in the stipulated days and if the last day is on a weekend or on a public holiday, it gives the aggrieved party an opportunity to file his petition on the next working day when public offices are open, that’s section 34 of the Interpretation Act. Here we are dealing with a national constitution which states that the aggrieved party in the presidential elections has to file his petition in fifteen days without adding any day, and we shall not allow people to play like that with the constitution because did is strict on those days,” he said.
However, Wameli divulged that they tried to file their petition on Saturday because it’s the day when the fifteen days expired from the day Museveni was declared winner but the Chief Justice Alphose Owiny Dollo advised them to file on Monday.
He promised NUP supporters that they are going in for a win and by May this year, their principal Bobi Wine will be declared the new president of Uganda.
DOLLO SET TO HEAR THE PETITION FROM TYCOON SUDHIR’S MUNYONYO RESORT
Credible sources in the Judiciary have intimated to our reporter that the Chief Justice Dollo has advised the technical team to look for a place bigger than the Supreme Court where the presidential petition will be heard from.
According to these sources, it was resolved that the petition will be heard from Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Hotel owned by tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia.
“Because of COVID-19, we needed a bigger but also a flexible place not only for Court attendants but also Justices and lawyers, Commonwealth Resort is the best,” one of the technical experts in the judiciary revealed.
Our source added that even the technical assistants to the nine justices who are set to hear the petition, Court Clerks and other supporting staff will spend almost a month sleeping in the hotel to avoid the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
This website has also learnt that the judiciary has procured new gadgets which are going to be used during the hearing of the petition especially computers.
“It was a proposal that was brought from within, that to help fight COVID-19, we needed bigger space but it hasn’t been finalised since we have not yet even received the petition. I believe the judges will make the decision when they meet on Monday or Tuesday,” the Judiciary senior communications officer Mr. Solomon Muyita said.
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