FDC to Mbabazi: Don’t Blame Supreme Court if You Lose

As the Supreme Court of Uganda starts reviewing the submissions of the parties involved in former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi ‘s petition challenging the February election results, more about the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the court has handled the matter so far.

The FDC over the weekend praised the panel of nine judges for the procedural justice accorded to the parties, and expressed optimism that their ruling would be fair.

The party’s spokesperson Semujju Nganda also pointed out that if the judges ruled against the former Premier who came third in the election polling only 1.4% of the vote, he would have himself to blame.

FDC claims their candidate Col Kizza Besigye won the February 18th election. They were however, unable to raise the resources and evidence to file their own petition before the Supreme Court, owing to the absence of their candidate who to this date remains under house arrest.

Appearing on a radio talk show on Saturday, Nganda said the Supreme Court Judges should be applauded for treating this case with fairness.

“I think they have got it right as a court,” he said. “Part of the problem with courts here has been that they hide under technicalities and kill cases; find reasons not to hear cases, like the cases of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.”

Nganda hailed the judges for setting a good precedent by permitting the first ever amicus curiae (Friends of Court) application filed by law professors from Makerere University, who will be making their contributions in the petition.

“We have faith in this process,” noted Nganda. “I am satisfied with the procedural justice that has been accorded by the court; the concessions they have offered and the manner they have treated the lawyers.”

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, on the same show also hailed the Supreme Court’s procedural justice but with a few reservations.

He said the nine judges erred by choosing to disregard a complaint raised by the applicant about a raid on his lawyers’ chambers shortly after commencement of the case, where a number of files and computers were allegedly stolen.

Lukwago said he was surprised that no inquiry was conducted in the matter as the court gave no directive to this effect.

“The raid is not so much detached from the proceedings for the Supreme Court; more so after it was raised on the floor. I think they should have interested themselves much more than they did,” he said.

The Supreme Court has set 31st of this month as the date for the ruling on the election petition.


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