By Mable Nakibuuka
Former presidential aspirant Willy Mayambala has applied to the Supreme Court seeking guidance on how to take over the petition that National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine had filed, challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s reelection.
Bobi Wine, through his lawyers of Lukwago and Co. Advocates, applied to court seeking leave to withdraw the petition, in which he had sought the Supreme Court to annul results of the January 14th presidential elections and order a repeat of the same, without the participation of president Museveni.
However, Bobi Wine decided to withdraw the petition this week citing bias and conflict of interest on the side of the Supreme Court justices, including the Chief Justice Alpshone Owiny Dollo, whom he was handling the petition in line with instructions from President Museveni.
But according to Mayambala, Bobi Wine cannot withdrawal the petition at this time, mainly because of its paramount nature and the precedent it has set already, hence hearing of the same must continue until court pronounces itself on the matter.
Mayambala, who contested for the presidency as an Independent candidate, has since written a letter to the Supreme Court seeking legal guidance on how he can take over the petition so that its hearing can continue as had been scheduled by court, until its logical end.
Mayambala’s letter, which is dated February 25, 2021, titled ‘OBJECTION TO THE WITHDRAWAL OF PRESIDENTIAL PETITION AND GUIDANACE TO INHERIT THE PETITION’, reads in part thus;
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am Eng. Mayambala Willy, former presidential candidate 2020/2021 general election.
I write to object to the withdrawal of the Presidential Petition formerly logged in by Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu against the several defendants as outlined in his petition.
I as well write to express interest in taking on the presidential petition and seek to inherit the petition from Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and seek to be guided;
- What are the necessary procedures?
- What is exactly required of me to inherit the petition?
- Is there any chance that new evidence can be presented to your Honourable Court.
I wish to reaffirm that I, Presidential Candidate Willy Mayambala, have great interest in the Presidential Petition going on and being listened to by the Honourable Court, please grant me the necessary permission to go on.
I will be grateful if my request is put into consideration.”
Although the letter seen by this reporter indicates that it was received by the Supreme Court today, February 25th, 2021, the same court is however yet to pronounce itself upon the matter concerning the petition.
It should be noted that the Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo on Wednesday rejected the application for withdrawal of the petition which had been filed by Bobi Wine’s lawyer Medard Lubega Ssegona, reasoning that court cannot handle the process of withdrawing the petition unless the same is first published in the Uganda Gazette.
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