The chief petitioner of the 2016 general elections Amama Mbabazi has spoken out protesting court decision to dismiss his petition.
Supreme Court justices led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe ruled that the evidence provided by the petitioner was not enough to cause an annulment of the election.
“I am surprised that the court didn’t find tampering of evidence sufficient,” Mbabazi told press at Go Forward headquarters in Nakasero.
He said during the raid on his lawyers’ offices [Muhammad Mbabazi and Fred Muwema] about 300 affidavits were stolen.
Also taken were all declaration forms collected from the field.
“There was no opportunity for us to provide sufficient evidence in form of rejoinders, but it is still available,” he said.
The former Prime Minister also revealed that majority who had signed on most affidavits were arrested and others are still hiding.
“I would like to bring to your attention the case of Kitanda who was killed after testifying to election rigging.”
He said all the preliminary evidence they had was tempered with by the state.
Amama cited an eyewitness who claims involvement of police in the break-in into Muwema’s office.
Police has since denied breaking into the lawyers offices or arresting election witnesses.
On the way forward, Amama told press that his team will continue to pursue constitutional reform to ensure that the petitioner has enough time to prepare affidavits.
Mbabazi says they don’t have an exhaustive comprehensive plan since the court just made its ruling.
“My message to you is, the struggle continues. I would like to thank my lawyers and my team.”
“Mine isn’t a struggle against individuals,” he continued, “We want to promote democracy.”
He noted that politics is not a war between enemies.
“Politics is about issues that we think have value to our society.”
Mbabazi further revealed that politics is not about relationships.
He said his successor Dr Ruhakana Rugunda is his best friend “but I gave evidence that he had given a bribe”.