Sam Baluku who contested on the NUP ticket for the Kasese Municipality Mayoral seat says the decision was the only available option after the court rejected Kyagulanyi’s intention to amend his petition to introduce more grounds challenging the election.
Supporters of the National Unity Platform-NUP party in Kasese and
Bundibugyo Districts have welcomed the decision by party president Robert
Kyagulanyi to withdraw his presidential election petition from the court.
Kyagulanyi on Monday ordered his lawyers to withdraw a petition
that he had filed in the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of January 14,
2021, presidential election that was won by President Museveni. Kyagulanyi accused some justices of being biased.
Sam Baluku who contested on the NUP ticket for the Kasese
Municipality Mayoral seat says the decision was the only available option after
the court rejected Kyagulanyi’s intention to amend his petition to introduce
more grounds challenging the election.
Baluku reasons that the precedents of courts in the land give very
little hope to Ugandans seeking justice.
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Baluku say Ugandans have all the alternatives to choose from that
are non-violent. He argues that from the start they hard a foresight that the courts were
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Bryan Basiisa, the Kasese District NUP chairperson says how courts
have handled the previous presidential election petitions gave them little hope
of winning the petition.
However, he thinks the legal team should have given the courts a
chance and the proceedings would have guided the team on the next course of
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Fatiima Kabugho says she never expected the courts to overturn
what was declared by the Electoral Commission. Kabugho thinks it could have
been a waste of time and resources if Kyagulanyi had not withdrawn the
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Franklin Muhindo, the NUP Coordinator for Bundibugyo district
who has been part of the team gathering the pieces of evidence in the case welcomes
Kyagulanyi’s decision. He says there was
no need to seek redress from the court where they didn’t expect it.
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Sharon Biira argues that the justices were appointed by President
Museveni and thinks they had an interest in the case.
But independent election observer Crispin Kaheru says the decision
by Kyagulanyi and his legal team reveals that the contestation at hand is more
political than legal. He says under the current political circumstances the
petition expected little fairness from the judiciary systems they deem to be
serving political interests.