Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine has disclosed his intention to withdraw his suit challenging the presidential election that returned veteran ruler Yoweri Museveni to power.
76-year-old Museveni, who is a former rebel leader, took over the presidency for the sixth time on January 14 with 58 percent of the votes while 39-year-old Wine clenched 35 percent.
Not satisfied with the election result, the singer-turned-lawmaker, challenged the result at the Supreme Court on February 1.
He alleged that voters were intimidated, his party officials were kidnapped in addition to nationwide ballot rigging.
However, Wine directed his lawyers to withdraw the petition, claiming that the judges were biased and lacked independence.
Briefing journalists on Monday, he said, “We are convinced that the Supreme Court has a predetermined mind.
“We refuse to be part of that mockery of justice. The people of Uganda will have the final say on their destiny. Having withdrawn our case from the unjust Supreme Court of Uganda we are putting all legal, non-violent options on the table.”
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that the lead judge in the election petition, Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo, met with Museveni thrice since Wine filled the suit, prompting stakeholders to question the integrity of the nation’s judicial system.
History has it that no opposition leader has been able to challenge Museveni’s victory in court since he won his first election in 1996.
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