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    Supreme Court Accepts Bobi Wine Application To Withdraw Petition, Defers Decision On Costs To Another Ruling As Chief Justice Owiny Dollo Warns Bobi Wine & His Lawyer Ssegona…

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    Bobi Wine's Lawyer Medard Seggona (L) and Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo

    The Supreme Court has Friday March 5th, 2021 granted National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi leave to withdraw a petition he had filed challenging president Yoweri Museveni’s re-election.

    Bobi Wine filed the petition early last month,  challenging the results of the January 14 presidential elections, but on February 26th  wrote an application to the Supreme Court seeking permission to withdraw it, saying he would take the matter to the Public Court, after he alleged bias and conflict of interest on the side of Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo and other Justices of the Supreme Court.

    However, today, the Chief Justice granted Bobi Wine’s lawyers led by Counsel Medard Lubega Ssegona permission to withdraw the petition, although he deferred the decision on costs of the suit to another ruling at a  date to be communicated by court.

    Justice Owiny Dollo asked the Attorney General William Byaruhanga (who wasn’t objecting to the withdrawal of the petition) what would happen if the court declined to grant the withdrawal.

    Byaruhanga, in response, said the court would be in a state of quagmire whereby a petitioner has found that his petition is not good enough and the proceeding would be complicated.

    “The only way out seems to be to accept the application withdrawal unless another candidate takes it up,” the Attorney General said, adding that; “There were threats from one former presidential candidate to take it up but it must have died a stillbirth.”

    Museveni’s lawyer Counsel Edwin Karugire noted that their reason for withdrawing is that the evidence on record is not sufficient to support the petition

    However, Chief Justice Owiny Dollo cautioned Counsel Ssegona to advise his client  (Bobi Wine) to desist from making negative comments about the Judiciary and the Supreme Court.

    “When the court rules against him (Kyagulanyi) he goes to the Public Court, the court above Supreme Court, it means, that his court is above the Supreme Court,” the Chief Justice told Ssegona.

    But Ssegona refuted the claims that the utterances his clients made were meant to be interpreted and construed to mean the context in which the Chief Justice had put them.

    “Your Lordship, my client is a regular user of the courts of law. Whenever his rights have been transgressed upon he always runs to courts of law. That is a demonstration that he believes in the rule of law and not jungle law as he is being presented. There is evidence on record. He doesn’t run to anyone else but court.”

    But the Chief Justice insisted by saying that; “You heard what the Attorney General was saying; that your client is only happy with courts when they rule in his favour. When they don’t rule in his favour, then the other words I cannot repeat. That’s what he resorts to.”

    The Chief Justice went on to warn lawyer Ssegona to desist from tempting the Attorney General, whom had agreed to amicably allow him and his client to sit on a round table and settle the matter.

    He told Ssegona that; “As a Catholics, we are told to say the Lord’s Prayer every day and I say it twice. But in that prayer, you ask God not to lead you into temptation. Now I’m telling, don’t tempt the Attorney General. If he has agreed to sit on the same table  to solve this matter amicably, don’t tempt him. I also want this matter settled once and for all.”

     

    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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