Former Supreme Court justice Professor George Kanyeihamba, has warned Supreme Court Justices to be vigilant when handling former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi’s petition.
The official hearing of the petition kicked off today, Monday at the Kololo based court.
“It’s one of the incidences Supreme Court justices must have satisfactory answers to,” Kanyeihamba said while appearing on NBS TV on Thursday.
He advised the justices to ask why first runner-up Kizza Besigye has been restrained from petitioning court.
Besigye is still under house arrest at his home in Kasangati.
“If I was one of the justices, I would ask why electoral materials arrived late at many polling stations,” Kanyeihamba said.
He described the break-ins at Amama Mbabazi lawyers’ offices as “very regrettable”.
“How come the whole city was being guarded yet Amama Mbabazi petition lawyers’ chambers were broken into?”
“Is the 30 days period more important than the justice of the petitioner to present their case?” he wondered.
He observed that the petition leaves the court in “unmarked waters”.
He said Supreme Court has powers to admit “friends of court” (nine Makerere university law dons applied to be amici curiae).
“Law dons’ application to be “friends of court” indicates that even the academia is concerned.”
He said the justices have ample time to assess Amama Mbabazi’s petition justly and come to a proper decision.