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    BOBI VS M7: How Kyagulanyi’s Lawyers Led By Sseggona Failed To Present Their Client’s Amendments Leading To His Early Supreme Court Defeat In Round 1…

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    President Museveni's lawyers (top) and Robert Kyagulanyi's lawyers (below) in court today

    National Unity Platform (NUP) legal team has admitted that they have suffered a big setback in the 2021 presidential petition filed by their client Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine challenging the victory of the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Immediately after the ruling was made by the nine Supreme Court Justices dismissing Kyagulanyi’s application, where he wanted to amend his petition to bring in new grounds and evidence, lawyer Medard Lubega Sseggona, the led counsel of Bobi Wine accepted a setback.

    “Yes, it’s true we have suffered a setback, losing this application is a big blow to our side but we are going to go back to the drawing board so that we come back stronger and finish Tibuhaburwa.” Ssegona said.

    He added that as of now they don’t have any other option apart from concentrating on the main petition because the Supreme Court is the last Court in the land to handle presidential petitions in the country.

    He insisted that what they wanted in their dismissed application was to put Museveni to task to prove to the country why he is always violent and why he manipulates Uganda’s elections.

    Museveni’s led counsel Ebert Byenkya joyfully boasted that the early win which they have manage to score against the petitioner is an indication that Bobi Wine is going to be defeated miserably.

    In their ruling read by Justice Stella Arach Amoko, the justices dismissed the application and promised to give their grounds explaining why they have dismissed it.

    Sseggona had to take some water to calm himself down

    WHY BOBI WINE LOST FIRST ROUND

    Counsel Ssegona failed to convince the nine Justices why there were a lot of abnormalities in their evidence.

    Justice Esther Kitimbo Kisakye was the first to expose Ssegona when she accused him of smuggling evidence to the Court record.

    She wondered why all the affidavits he tendered in Court had a lot of abnormalities.

    She cited the affidavit of Geofrey Turyamusiima which was sworn on 8th February but was received in Court registry on 6th February 2021.

    Another abnormality was a supportive affidavit sworn by Bobi Wine on 6th February but was received by Court on 4th February.

    Jokingly Justice Paul Mugamba told Sseggona that maybe the affidavits were sworn in from different countries and not Uganda.

    Sseggona further failed to convince the Justices that the new grounds and evidence he wanted to be added on the petition affected his client when he was put under house arrest.

    He told the Court that police and the army put his client under house arrest immediately after Justice Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission boss declared President Museveni as the winner of the 2021 presidential polls.

    However, Museveni’s lawyers led by Ebert Byenkya watered down his arguments saying that Bobi Wine would have used his political party NUP because it had the capacity to act on his side and petition the Court challenging Museveni’s victory.

    Byenkya added that the new grounds and evidences which Bobi Wine wanted to add to his petition were old.

    Museveni lawyer Ebert Byenkya (R) consulting the Attorney General William Byaruhanga (L)

    He gave an example of the alleged bribery and reshuffling of army officers by Museveni to facilitate his victory against the petitioner, he disclosed that Museveni acted in his capacity as the president.

    However, other Court observers reveal that the reason why Bobi Wine was defeated in the first round was because of his weak legal team compared to that of the respondents.

    “Bobi Wine needs that person who has that zeal to fight like Male Mabirizi to assist counsel Sseggona. Most of his lawyers are politicians who don’t have time to do research on cases of this nature,” one observer told theGrapevine.

    Court is expected to proceed with the pre-hearing on Wednesday morning.

    National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine dragged Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta (Ist Respondent), Electoral Commission (2nd Respondent) and the Attorney General (3rd respondent) to the Supreme court over irregularities in the just concluded election, Kyagulanyi wants the election declared null and void and fresh elections conducted.

     

    By Ssengooba Alirabaki and Kisekka Ronald

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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