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    Bobi Wine’s Lawyers Set To File Supreme Court Application Forcing Chief Justice Dollo To Accept MP Nambooze, Eddy Mutwe, Nubian Li Evidences Against M7 Over 2021 Presidential Elections Irregularities…

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    NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during campaigns

    National Unity Platform (NUP) former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine through his lawyers is set to file an application in the Supreme Court forcing embattled Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo to accept their supporting evidence against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the on going 2021 presidential petition.

    On Monday, the Supreme Court, acting on the directive of the Chief Justice refused to accept over fifty pieces of evidence in the form of affidavits sworn by the petitioner’s agents and NUP leaders.

    Among the affidavits which Court rejected include that of the controversial Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze, NUP’s Secretary General Lewis David Rubongoya, Bobi Wine’s personal lawyer Benjamin Katana and others exposing security organs and operatives who overwhelmingly participated and influenced the 2021 presidential elections.

    Through Harriet Ssali Nalukwago, the Supreme Court registrar, Court insisted that Bobi Wine filed his evidences out of time.

    In the previous sitting, Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Sseggona promised to file all their affidavits by Sunday but later changed and filed on Monday.

    Chief Justice Dollo stated that the reason why Court gives time to parties to file their evidence and responses is to avoid a Constitutional crisis which may result from violating the presidential elections Act and the Constitution.

    When contacted on the way forward, Anthony Wameli, one of Bobi Wine’s lawyers said that the petitioners have discovered another alternative which they can deploy to put their crucial evidence on the Court record.

    “We are going to file an application in Court asking the Justices to be fair and accept our evidences,” the soft spoken Wameli told theGrapevine.

    He added that the rejected affidavits hold more water hence they cannot just fold their hands when they are excluded.

    Bobi Wine’s lawyers were supported by controversial lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi who stated that it is legal in such a presidential petition for a party to file an application forcing the Court to accept their evidence.

    Mabirizi cited the Presidential elections petition Regulations which allows the Supreme Court to extend time from that stipulated in the National Constitution.

    On the issue of Bobi Wine’s verbal public comments against three Justices of the Supreme Court to recuse themselves from the panel of the  nine justices from hearing his application, he said lawyers have not yet taken a decision.

    This week, Bobi Wine asked Chief Justice Dollo, Justice Mike Chibita and Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi to recuse themselves from his petition because of their good relationship with the respondents, especially Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni.

    The judiciary through their senior Communications officer Solomon Muyita asked Bobi Wine and his lawyers to follow the required procedures on this matter.

     

    By Segooba Alirabaki

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    We Are Not Surprised, Bobi Wine Reacts As Gov’t Shuts Down Human Rights Office; Blames Regime For His LGBTQ Photoshopped Pictures

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    The president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert  Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is unhappy with the decision by government to terminate the operations of the offfice of the United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR).

    The ministry of foreign affairs said last week that it will not be renewing the mandate of OHCHR due to the strong government commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, the prevailing peace throughout the country, presence of  strong national human rights institutions and a vibrant civil society with capacity to monitor the promtion and protection of human rights in the country.

    Bobi Wine says he is not surprised by the move, further alleging that the regime has in the past closed Non Government Organisations (NGOs), Facebook and DGF (Democratic Governance Facility) due to ‘growing international condemnation’.

    “In the face of growing international condemnation and isolation, tyrant Museveni has in the past responded by shutting down NGOs, Facebook, DGF and declaring several international staff persona Non-Grata (unwelcome) or deporting them,” Bobi Wine’s comment reads in part.

    OHCHR in 2021 condemned the brutalisation of journalists who had gone to cover Bobi Wine’s petition to OHCHR  after the 2021 general election. These were brutalised during a crash between police and NUP supporters.

    Bobi Wine has also come out to comment on pictures that have been circulating on social media portraying him as an LGBTQ advocate. Bobi Wine says the pictures were photoshopped by regime propagandists.

    “Over the past weeks, paid regime propagandists have photoshopped  these images and shared them widely to drive their known agenda. Please ignore them and treat them with contempt,” he said.

    Bobi Wine says while his supporters are ‘abducted’ and accused of computer misuse and offensive communication, regime propagandists are at liberty to fake anything against the opponents. He further stated that no amount of lies or  blackmail will deter him in his quest for a better country (Uganda).

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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