Mbabazi camp invites Besigye to join their petition

Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers Tuesday evening filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging the outcomes of the 2016 presidential elections.

Mbabazi got 1% of the total election which he dismissed in a statement as inaccurate.

He cited cases of election fraud including intimidation, voter bribery, ballot stuffing and pre-ticked ballots.

In his petition, Mbabazi challenges President Yoweri Museveni, the electoral commission and the Attorney General.

Mbabazi’s lead lawyer, Severino Twinobusingye, said it is going to be a big battle in the courtroom.

“We are trying our best as his lawyers to advise and defend those whose rights have been violated,” Severino noted.

“Our candidate is a firm believer in the law and that is why he has gone through the court and not demonstrated on the streets.”

He said it has been a challenge for some of their witnesses in giving evidence because of a lot of intimidation.

“That’s why we were late but tried to come in time. Some offences like bribery were committed by Mr. Museveni. That is unacceptable.”

Severino said voting started late with some people voting at 8pm and finished at 1am.

“We didn’t understand what the electoral commission was doing.”

According to him, EC did not substantially comply with the law.

“There was no tally centre. Where was EC getting those results from?”

He said so far police have arrested 20 of their witnesses.

“If you have evidence regardless of which political shade you are under, please present it,” Severino urged the public.

He said joining of parties is not prohibited.

“Dr. Kizza Besigye can join us before the hearing.”

Forum for Democratic Change failed to file a petition following the consecutive arrests of Besigye, agents and witnesses to election fraud.

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