President Yoweri Museveni has told the Supreme Court that he is okay with National Unity Platform leader, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine withdrawing his 2021 election petition.
Kyagulanyi on Wednesday filed a formal application to the court seeking to withdraw his petition challenging Museveni’s victory after citing unfairness by the court.
However, in response through an affidavit Oscar Kihika, the NRM party director in charge of legal affairs said Museveni, who is the first respondent has no issue with Kyagulanyi changing his mind and asking to withdraw the petition.
“The first respondent(Museveni) does not oppose the application for withdrawal of the petition and I make the above averments to set the record straight with regard to the averments by the applicant in support of his application,”Kihika who swore an affidavit as the person coordinating the team handling Museveni’s case said.
In his affidavit, Jackson Kafuuzi, the deputy Attorney General also shared the same sentiments on Kyagulanyi’s application to withdraw his 2021 poll petition.
However, in the affidavit, Kihika says he does not agree with the reasons fronted by Kyagulanyi as having forced him to seek to withdraw the petition.
“It is not true as alleged by Robert Kyagulanyi that in previous election petitions, parties were given free rein to produce evidence throughout the trial. I know in the presidential election petition in 2016, the court gave definite deadlines for the filing of evidence,” Kihika said.
He says that the court gave ample time to Kyagulanyi to file their evidence contrary to what he avers in his application for withdrawal.