Bobi Wine in court to challenge Museveni’s victory

Uganda’s main opposition leader, Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, on Monday, petitioned the Supreme Court, seeking the nullification of President Yoweri Museveni’s victory in last month’s election.

Reports from Kampala said Kyagulanyi, leader of the National Unity Platform, filed the petition against President Museveni, the Electoral Commission, and the Attorney General.

Kyagulanyi contends that Museveni was not validly elected as the President of the Republic of Uganda, saying the 14 January election was not conducted in accordance with the provisions of the electoral laws and principles governing elections, which non-compliance affected the results of the election in a substantial manner.

“I want the court to annul and set aside the election of Museveni as President and order that a fresh election is conducted in accordance with the law,” he requested.

He is also seeking a permanent injunction, restraining the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces officers and intelligence services from involving themselves and interfering with electoral processes in the future.

Kyagulanyi says he is aggrieved by the election and declaration of Museveni as President by the Electoral Commission (EC), adding that Museveni was not validly elected.

He contends that EC arbitrarily and unlawfully issued campaign guidelines, which hindered a free and fair campaign to his disadvantage, contrary to sections of the Presidential Elections Act.

“The EC enforced the said guidelines selectively to favour Museveni and his National Resistance Movement Organisation,” Kyagulanyi said.

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