Mbabazi petition will cost Shs100m, says court


Supreme Court registrar, Tom Chemutai, says a  petition filed by Go Forward candidate, Amama Mbabazi, will be disposed off in 30 days.

He said the cost of the petition would have been cheaper but it involves working overtime including public holidays and weekends.

Chemutai says hearing of the petition is going to be a marathon.

“So it’s close to Shs 100m,” Chemutai said.

In the petition, Amama sues President Yoweri Museveni and the electoral commission over election malpractices and seeks that court cancels the general elections.

The petition was registered within working hours.

“Now that the petition has been received, Chief Justice will constitute a quorum of Supreme Court justices,” Chemutai says.

The Supreme Court is ready, he said, “we have the human resource and other resources to handle the petition”.

“Supreme Court has 9 justices including the Chief Justice. All the 9 are eligible to sit on the quorum.”

Chemutai also revealed that they have plans to have the proceedings televised are under consideration.

He said if opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, feels his rights were denied, he can petition court‪too.

Meanwhile, the ruling party has laughed at Amama for filing a petition yet he lost miserably in the election.

Amama got 1%, Besigye 35% and Museveni 60%.

NRM Taskforce spokesperson, Mike Sebalu, told press Mbabazi was wasting time having failed to even garner 2% of the total vote.

“He is wasting court’s time,” Sebalu concluded.

NRM has also paraded a team of lawyers to defend their candidate in court.

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