400 Mbabazi lawyers will cost Museveni, says Basalirwa

Lawyer Asuman Basalirwa has advised President Yoweri Museveni’s supporters to postpone celebrating bearing the kind of legal team that Amama Mbabazi has lined up to defend his petition in court.

Mbabazi’s petition challenging February 18 elections will be heard by a team of nine Supreme Court judges on Monday.

The former Prime Minister has lined up a maximum of 400 lawyers for the job.

“400 lawyers is not deceptive and ordinary. It’s a big legal team with legal minds,” Basalirwa said while appearing on NBS TV morning breeze Friday.

“Mbabazi’s petition shows lack of confidence in Uganda Electoral commission and credibility of the election results.”

Basalirwa says there is need should to give the courts an opportunity to deliver justice to this country and the petitioner.

“There is enough evidence to back up Amama Mbabazi’s petition. Museveni and his supporters should wait to celebrate.”


Basalirwa believes that the European Union’s engagement with Kizza Besigye is good for this country.

Besigye who is still under house arrest on Thursday met EU election observers as he continues to weigh options.

“Detention of Kizza Besigye at his home without charges is totally unacceptable.”

Basalirwa however says organising people for a defiance campaign against the government incites violence and it’s prosecutable.

“Besigye is not above the law. If he is planning a defiance campaign, the government should charge him.”

He said the deployment of the army on the streets is undermining the role of the police, and also demonstrations and protests are legitimate and lawful activities.


Basalirwa said its not easy for an opposition candidate to win.

“It is like winning a war. It was sweet victory for Erias Lukwago (new Kampala Mayor – elect). “

The lawyer proposed that both Museveni and Lukwago need to work collectively for Kampala City to move forward.

“The country is both polarised and paralyzed. The 60/40 effect has polarised people.

“The situation has caused uncertainty within investors. The heavy deployment of military and police on the streets causes anxiety.”

He added: “The amount of deployment can’t stop the people from expressing their frustration. The army and police should not play politics.”

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