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    Bobi Wine Shouldn’t Have Withdrawn The Presidential Petition; That’s Nonsense, Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo Did Nothing Wrong- Retired Judge Prof. Kanyeihamba Says…

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    Bobi Wine (L) and Prof. George Kanyeihamba

    Retired Judge Prof. George William Kanyeihamba has described Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s decision to withdraw the presidential petition he had filed in the Supreme Court as nonsense.

    Bobi Wine on Wednesday this week filed an application seeking court’s leave to allow him withdraw the petition he had filed challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s reelection in the January 14th  presidential election, citing bias and conflict of interest on the side of some Supreme Court judges.

    However, Prof. Kanyeihamba is so unhappy with the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, saying that he advised Bobi Wine not to withdraw the petition and he ignored the advice.

    Kanyeihamba, who was speaking during an interview on CBS FM, Friday, said thus; “I didn’t like it at all. He should not have withdrawn the petition. He did a very bad thing.”

    Commenting about the Supreme Court rejecting more evidence from Bobi Wine’s lawyers, Kanyeihamba said; “The judges were right to make that decision, because Article 104 of the Constitution gives them the power to do so. That’s nonsense. I have told you Article 104 makes it clear. Even if I was one of the judges I would have rejected the additional evidence too. His lawyers should have advised him accordingly.”

    When asked about the conditions surrounding the petition and the political persecution that  Bobi Wine and his supporters have been subjected to ever since he filed the petition, Kanyeihamba said “I told him not to withdraw the petition without consulting me. You cannot make up your own court or say I don’t want  judge so and so to handle my case. That can never happen. Because it means that if you decide who should handle your case or withdraw it, it means you’re biased too. Do you know that I’m a constitutional lawyer? I voted for Kyagulanyi, he knows it that he’s my good friend.  But I told him not to withdraw the petition and he went ahead to do so!”

    Probed about the fact that it’s Kyagulanyi’s constitutional right to withdraw any case he has filed, Kanyeihamba insisted that whatever the matter might, what Bobi Wine did was very bad.

    “What he did was so, so bad. I wanted him to come  to me I give him advice on how  to win  the petition,” the retired Judge said.

    Asked to comment about the political persecution that Kyagukanyi and his supporters are facing and the alleged bias on the side of Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo, Kanyeihamba  said that; “Excuse me! That’s nonsense! You mean I had not thought about all that before? But court  has not been given time to think about that. The Electoral Commission was not in charge. It was the police in control all throughout. But you can only say that in court.”

    He added; “You should let the courts speak. Not you to decide that court is biased; who are you?   For me I totally have no problem with the Chief Justice. He recently told us that he is not biased,  who are you to disagree with him? Why are you becoming a judge to judge judges on the panel.”

    When Kanyeihamba was asked about allegations of Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo holding a private meeting with President Museveni in lieu of Bobi Wine’s petition, the retired judge trashed the allegations, noting that it is tantamount to judging someone without giving them a fair hearing.

    “You can’t hang a judge without hearing him first. Who are you? Are you God? People don’t think about what they are doing. Do you how many times we met the President during the 2011 petition? Did you people want the Chief Justice to ignore the President when he calls him to talk to him? And when the president calls you to discuss matters which he wants, do you just jump out? Ask yourself; what did the Chief Justice promise Museveni? Nothing! There is no law in the Constitution which says that when there is a petition, the President is not allowed to talk to those involved. No way. This is a man who gave us an indication of his independence. Recently he said that we made a mistake as Ugandans to remove term limits; is that man a puppet to the President? No! In my opinion many of those judges were going to support Kyagulanyi. You don’t know how courts work. You don’t know how judges work. Nonsense!”

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

     

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    Former Chief Justices Katureebe, Odoki Meet Dollo, Other Supreme Court Justices  Over Justice Kisakye’s Confiscated File…

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    Justice Kisakye's misunderstanding with the Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo came in light during Kyagulanyi's presidential petition withdrawal against Museveni's reelection

    Sources at the Kololo based Supreme Court have revealed  that two former Chief Justices have started mediating between eight Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo and Justice Dr Esther Mayambala Kisakye.

    Our sources stated that last month, Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, the immediate former Chief Justice separately met Chief Justice Dollo at his chambers at the Supreme Court and they held a secret meeting which took almost three hours. Our sources intimated to us that two weeks later, another former Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki also met Justice Dollo, where after the two former Chief Justices met the eight Justices of the Supreme Court including Justice Robby Opio Aweri, Justice Mike Chibitta, Justice Stella Arach Amoko, Justice Faith Mwondah, Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, Justice Paul Mugamba, and the issue at hand was the misunderstanding between them and fellow Justice Kisakye.

    It is not yet established whether the former Chief Justices also met Justice Kisakye. The misunderstanding came in light during the withdrawing of the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP)’s former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine challenging president Yoweri Museveni’s victory.

    Justice Kisakye accused Justice Dollo of confiscating her file containing her dissenting judgement after refusing him to vet her ruling. Judiciary’s Senior Communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita rubbished Kisakye’s accusation stating that the problem was with her because she refused other justices on the penal from going through her ruling as the practice is, and or requires.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    NRM MPs Warned Over Sex And Booze At Kyankwanzi Retreat, Speakership Candidate Under Probe For Bribing MPS With Alcohol For Votes…

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    Some of the NRM cadres at the NRM Kyankwanzi retreat

    The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leadership has warned the selected party members and the new elected Members of Parliament to avoid involving themselves in acts of indiscipline including having sex and getting drunk on alcohol during the ongoing party retreat at Kyankwanzi National training Institute.

    Speaking to the Grapevine, Emmanuel Lumala Dombo, the NRM’s Director for Communication and Public Relations revealed that they have already started investigating the indiscipline exhibited by their members during their trip to Kyankwanzi on Thursday evening where party members got drunk and started abusing each other on the bus. Dombo described the incident as “absurd” and revealed that investigations are on into the matter, warning that culprits will be punished.

    Sources in Kyankwanzi intimated to this website that there is a candidate vying for the office of the deputy speaker who bought expensive alcohol and wine, on it branded with her pictures asking them to vote for her.

    Dombo also said that all members who are going to attend the meeting will not be allowed to access their mobile phones until evening.

    He added that other members who are pregnant will not be allowed for exercising after classes and breast feeding mothers were not welcome because of the highly physical demands of the retreat.

    There have always been ugly reports from the previous retreats at Kyankwanzi where reports of alcoholism, explicit sex and NRM big wigs fighting for beds.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Rapper DMX, 50, Dies Of Heart Attack…

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    Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons music inspired countless fans across the world,

    US rapper and actor DMX has died at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.

    The performer, real name Earl Simmons, had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side.

    In a statement, his family said he had been “a warrior who fought till the very end”.

    “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

    DMX, aka Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as JAY-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.

    He took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.

    The chart-topping artist’s songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya.

    He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

    Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.

    A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.

    According to his family, DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

    “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” their statement continued.

    “We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.

    “Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”

    Via BBC

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