By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Supreme Court has again taught a lesson of time management to National Unity Platform lawyers after it rejected their 130 affidavits for former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, saying they were brought for submission beyond the agreed time.
Taking you back a while, on Thursday last week in a pre-hearing court session, Kyagulanyi lawyers led by legislator dubbed counsel Medard Lubega Sseggona asked the court for more time to be able to file their affidavits which court accepted but asked them to file the evidence not later than February 14, 2021.
However, Bobi’s lawyers say according to the letter written to the court that the rejected affidavits were brought at the Supreme Court at 6pm on Sunday but they found the court closed for official business an excuse that still fallen on deaf ears of Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo who ordered the court registrar, Ms Harriet Nalukwago not to receive the evidence.
“On the said date, we were at court by 5pm with the said affidavits only that some volumes got to court late after the court premises had been closed. We have this morning (Monday, February 15) been able to bring all the said affidavits to court. In the premises, we request that the said affidavits be received so that we serve the same upon respondents this morning so that they are not jeopardized,” says Kyagulanyi’s Lawyers in a letter.
TheSpy Uganda has since learnt that the rejected affidavits included those of Bobi’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party lawyer Benjamin Katana and Secretary-General David Lewis, Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze and other sworn statements by jailed singer Ali Bukenya, aka Nubian Li, and veteran journalist Kalundi Serumaga among others.
The development comes a few days after the same court trashed Kyagulanyi’s application to amend his election petition challenging his rival President Museveni’s victory.
Bobi Wine through his lawyers had asked the court to amend the petition to allow the addition of new evidence arguing that after elections he was house arrested which failed him from compiling enough evidence saying that time wasn’t on his side.
In the application, Kyagulanyi had presented 15 new electoral offences which a panel of nine Justices led by the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo dismissed saying that the new matters brought were filled out of the stipulated time.
“This court finds that the matters raised in the proposed amendment and the alleged committed electoral offences are already pleaded for in the petition. Court also finds that the issue of the qualification of the first respondent is a matter which came outside the time allocated for filing of the petition,” Justice Stella Amoko Arach who read the ruling on behalf of the justices said.