Rukutana: Mbabazi malicious, dismiss application


Deputy Attorney (AG) General Mwesigwa Rukutana says the chief petitioner in 2016 election fraud has exhibited “malicious behaviour” so far and his case should be dismissed.

Appearing in Supreme Court on Thursday, Rukutana said claims that Amama Mbabazi’s witnesses were arrested are “lies”.

Mbabazi says the latest witnesses to be arrested are; Dominic Tibasimwa from Kamwenge and Joseph Kasirye from Mukono.

Rukutana, however, cited a letter by IGP Kale Kayihura’s denying the claims.

Addressing a press conference about the break ins in his lawyers offices on Wednesday, Mbabazi said the state tried to prevent his lawyers; Severino Twinobusingye, Fred Muwema, Asuman Basalirwa and Muhammad Mbabazi from filing their affidavits for the presidential elections petition.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if alleged break-ins were a hoax intended to raise sympathy or buy time,” Rukutana fired back.

He asked court to reprimand Mbabazi lawyers for their “unprofessional conduct”.

CSOs application should be dismissed

Addressing court on Saturday, Rukutana said civil society organisations that want to join Mbabazi’s petition are not neutral and “are biased against 3rd respondent [AG Fred Ruhindi]”.

Rukutana says applicants have an axe to grind with Ruhindi arguing that issues before the court are electoral in nature but applicants’ expertise is mainly in human rights.

“Friend of the court should also be friend to the parties. The applicants admonish me. That’s not being my friend.”

He objected to amicus curiae saying the applicants lack expertise and that their observation experience doesn’t qualify them.

“They (applicants) don’t bring anything useful to this court to assist it. Applicants intend to introduce fresh evidence from their observation(s) and reports. That can’t be allowed.”

He added: “I pray that the application be dismissed with costs. They are voluntary but they are sponsored.”

He said they never agreed to issues including whether Electoral Commission had a voters’ register because they are “superfluous”.

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