Mbaziira argued that the party constitution indicates that one aggrieved by decisions by the party can always use its tribunal to seek redress before running to court but the aspirants didn't do this. He further indicated that this position was confirmed by the Constitutional Court in the case that was filed by one of their party members Fox Odoi against the party some time back.
This came after Semugoma's lawyers led by Paul Kenneth Kakande and Lydia Nakyejwe told court that they wrote to the Electoral Commission to give them certified copies of the voters’ register and voter verification slips as well as Declaration Forms of Summit View Polling Stations which the Commission promised to avail by end of business today.
According to the evidence before Court that URN has seen, Mukesh through his lawyers, Ssemwanga, Muwazi and Company Advocates and Bwango Araali and Company Advocates filed the amended petition on May 10th 2021 without court permission to do so despite elapse of the time for filing such an application in March, which is thirty days after gazetting the winners.
Kyagulanyi’s lawyers later served the Museveni’s lawyer and Lumumba who had waited for them close to an hour before they could arrive at court. The Registrar has also informed the parties that she will be giving them dates for when to conduct the pre-hearing by next week once all parties have put in their responses.
In 2016, when the lawyers who were representing Amama Mbabazi in his presidential election petition were looking for Museveni, they went to the head of Legal department in NRM Oscar Kihika who then connected them to Museveni.
Kyagulanyi accuses the Attorney General of having refused to amend the relevant laws which would ensure a free and fair elections as directed by the Supreme Court in their orders arising from the previous presidential election petitions.
According to Lumumba, during the meeting, Museveni who doubles as the NRM party chairperson discussed with the legislators the challenges they met during the campaigns and election, which he described as hectic. Lumumba explains that Museveni advised the legislators who lost their seats in the recent elections not to give up but start preparing for the 2026 elections.
Tiperu, who contested for the same race on the National Resistance Movement –NRM ticket, had sought redress from the Court of Appeal after High Court Judge Anthony Ayub Ojok upheld the election results, which declared Wadri the winner of the hotly contested race. Wadri emerged winner with 6,421 votes against Tiperu’s 4,798 votes.
NRM now becomes the first Political Party to join hundreds of individuals and corporates to give both cash and non-cash items to help individuals whose lives were disrupted by measures to control Coronavirus Disease. The measures include the suspension of public and private transport, the closure of shops that deal in non-food items, and several other businesses.
Sixteen party members who were nominated for different political posts on the NRM ticket in the newly created sub-counties of Kisukuma, Kiganja, Bombo, Kapaapi, Kyabisagazi and Kijongo have through their lawyers Rwabwogo and Company Advocates accuse the party electoral commission for failing to follow the party rules and regulations.