Court dismisses Mbabazi petition, cements Museveni win  


Supreme Court has dismissed an election petition filed by former Prime Minister seeking the annulment of President Yoweri Museveni’s election victory.

The ruling was delivered on Thursday morning at the Kololo based court as unanimously agreed upon by the nine Justices led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

In his ruling, Katureebe said most of the evidence provided by the petitioner was based on hearsay other than factual information.

He said for example, the petitioner failed to prove that the “leopard anus” made by the president was directed at him.

The remark, according to CJ was innocent and Mbabazi’s claim that it tantamounts to intimidation was “hollow”.

The CJ also pointed out that Mbabazi failed to prove the president bribed voters by giving Shs250,000 to villages.

The same claim on giving hoes to farmers was dismissed on account that it was a national programme and not aimed at inducing voters to choose Museveni.

The use of crime preventers was also defended by court saying they are a reserve force that backed police in its community policing.

Court further questioned the credibility of Mbabazi’s “Ki-face group” witnesses saying there were not credible and their testimonies subject to doubt.

Likewise, court said the presence of the army and police at polling stations wasn’t intimidation since it didn’t spark any violence.

Court also found no evidence that Mbabazi sought coverage from state-owned media like UBC TV and New Vision and was denied it.

Courts also ruled that there was no illegal tally centre which the electoral commission received results from as alleged by the petitioner.

CJ said Museveni was lawfully declared winner even without declaration forms and that Mbabazi failed to produce DR forms to compare with those of EC.

Court ruled that the counting and tallying was smooth and transparent.

Court found no evidence that Mbabazi’s agents were chased from polling stations or that unauthorized voting took place.

It also ruled out multiple voting calling the evidence produced as hearsay.

Court found that the use of biometric system was not a non-compliance since no voters affected.

It said proper voters register actually existed.

“First respondent was validly elected. This petition is dismissed. We make no orders for costs,” Katureebe concluded his ruling.

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