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You can't intimidate us to rule in your favour, court tells Bobi Wine

Chief justice Owiny-Dollo

Chief justice Owiny-Dollo

Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi-Dollo has warned National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine that he can't intimidate or induce favours from the Supreme court to rule in his favour by blackmailing the judges.  

Kyagulanyi petitioned the Supreme court to have President Yoweri Museveni's reelection annulled on grounds of violating various electoral laws including bribery, intimidation, vote-rigging, ballot stuffing, murders among others.

But on Tuesday this week, Kyagulanyi threatened to withdraw the case and take it to the public court, claiming the judges are biased towards him after they denied him the chance to file additional affidavits past the Sunday deadline. He also said he wanted the chief justice together with two other judges; Mike Chibita and Ezekiel Muhanguzi off the case saying they have past and current relations to Museveni's government. 

Kyagulanyi said Owiny-Dollo has been a minister in Museveni's government before and was one of his defense lawyers when he was sued in 2006 by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye. He further said Chibita worked as Museveni's private secretary of legal affairs in the Office of the Presidency for 7 years while Muhanguzi, he said, is a close relative to Security minister Elly Tumwine who is a regime apologist. 

Today, the Supreme court sat again in Kololo to hear an application in which Kyagulanyi wants the court to admit over 150 affidavits which we rejected last week. However, before the hearing of the application could start, attorney general William Byaruhanga complained to the court about what he called the intimidation of the justices by Kyagulanyi.

“As the head of the bar, I would like to raise an issue concerning the conduct in this case. When we were here last time, we were guided and told that when a party gets grievances, they should bring them to court. What we are witnessing at this time is like a scheme to intimidate this court,” Byaruhanga said.

He added that he watched TV and read in newspaper reports where Kyagulanyi expressed his displeasure with the participation of some of the justice in his case.

“He [Kyagulanyi] called a press conference and said he didn't have confidence that he was to get justice from the three justices. The litigant has a right to ask for recusal but not to do it through a press conference. He pleaded to a different gallery,” Byaruhanga said.

In response, Medard Lubega Sseggona who is the lead counsel for Kyagulanyi said he didn’t have any instructions for the said judges to recuse themselves.

"I agree that the matter in court should be in the hands of the court and that has been my practice for 18 years,” Sseggona said.

In reacting to the submission, Owiny-Dollo said whatever is circulating in the public will have no bearing on how the court will determine the case. He said as a judicial officer they swore an oath to serve justice to all people.  

Owiny-Dollo who spoke for nine minutes said that whatever Kyagulanyi says, he will not be able to intimidate court to act in the way that he wants, to the merit of the case, he brought before them. The chief justice added that if indeed Kyagulanyi wanted them out of his case, he should have written an application and asked them to recuse themselves instead of maligning them well knowing that they will not have an opportunity to respond. Adding that the fact that he's even applied to same court to accept more affidavits for the same case shows that he believes in the court and its ability to dispense justice. 

“We are not opposed to fair criticism and the position we hold expects such criticism... Criticize my conduct, criticize my decisions, tear [them] to pieces but when you attack my person... when you know I don’t have the opportunity to stand up and respond to you…" Owiny-Dollo said. He added that the judiciary will decide in the favour of any party that presents a good case.

"If indeed the petitioner chooses to take another path we can’t stop him from proceeding, you don’t need our permission you can proceed with your Plan B,” he added. 


-3 #11 Wainanchi 2021-02-20 12:32
It is understandable guys , losers,that those who lose have the right to be angry!

It is normal human behaviour and reaction.Say a soccer game! You about cheer bite nails, eat hotdogs drink beer or Tonto and when your side loses you fold your tail ,take a deep breath and leave arena Many cry,have sleepless nights and become sad for sometime This is normal human behaviour.In case of Uganda elections which are over and the winner is known ,it is time to get over it and continue life as usual.

Why now attacking the winner, the courts, bad weather, bad spirits bad luck.It is over guys, get over it and do something else losers,!

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+5 #12 Eric L 2021-02-20 14:04
No wonder he was the right choice to lead a corrupt incompetent judiciary.

In the words of his boss,M7 in 1980,he stated that Obote,the dictator then had appointed cadre judges and that the judiciary in a dictatorship means nothing more than a mirrage by a regime to hoodwink gullible thinkers.

Dollo,whats the difference between you and Benedicto Kiwanuka!!!
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+3 #13 kabayekka 2021-02-20 19:38
Indeed the Chief Judge has stated his case clearly. If Mr Robert Kyagulanyi does not want to get on with such dodgy courts of law he has all the rights to go on to plan B.

Exactly as the deputy chairman of the military commission at that time did, during the Uganda National rigged elections of 1980.
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+1 #14 rubangakene 2021-02-20 20:12
If Bobi Wine has some good lawyers, they can still "squeeze" these other "rejected evidences" in a clever ploy.

If the judges start to overrule the same again and again during the sessions, the whole world will see the truth anyway. Go with whatever you have got, you have nothing to lose having inspired a generation of Ugandans.
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+2 #15 Lysol 2021-02-20 22:03
Dollo will fade with Museveni. He has already sold his soul to the devil.
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+1 #16 Oruk Charles 2021-02-21 20:24
Kabayekka, I just want to say that, those who still believe that the 1980 election was rigged are people who are either ignorant or naive.

The claim that the 1980 election was rigged was just a Museveni lie to hoodwink the Baganda to cupport his case.
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+1 #17 Oruk Charles 2021-02-21 20:32
The brought the name of DP that the DP votes was rigged yet DP was in the parliament of 1980.

Museveni during the campaign of 1980 stated that he will go to the bush should the 1980 election is rigged. Without going to any court, he was in the bush.

They could not show to Uganda whether that election was rigged or not by going to the court.

They could not show to Ugandans that by going to the court, the judges were bias. Those who still puke the baseless claime are helping the dictator and his group. Election rigging are not contested in any but but the court.
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+1 #18 Lakwena 2021-02-22 08:23
But for Heaven's sake, Owiny Dollo has been led into the trapping and temptation of the Byaruhanga of this country.

The Byaruhanga of this country have perfected the art and science of blaming their victims.

They intimidate, malign and brutalize you, only to turn around and blame you for intimidation and violence.

In other words, because of Byaruhanga's mischief, Owiny Dollo has overacted and lost the sobriquet (his cool) of a Chief Justice. As a result, he has become a hostile Judge and exposed himself.

Am sure many of his sober colleagues are now smiling behind their wigs and/or underneath those cumbersome gowns, amused at their Chief freaking out.

Eish Wachireba?
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0 #19 Kirya 2021-02-22 15:27
Request State Dept EU and other countries to put the judges on a no fly list , deny them visas as they supporters of a terrorist in the State House.
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0 #20 kabinda 2021-02-23 05:46
This hot headed so called thief justice is a political activist. What is he doing in those robes?
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