Supreme Court has set March 18, 2021 to deliver ruling on petition in which Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine challenges President Museveni’s victory.
Court will sit on weekends from 9am – 5pm.
The petitioner has been given up to February 14 to file evidence, the court decided Thursday.
Chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo directed his lawyers led by Medard Sseggona to file all their affidavits (evidence) by February 14, 2021 and serve the respondents’ lawyers who are expected to respond by Saturday, February 20.
The chief justice who is leading eight other judges to hear the petition said Mr Kyagulanyi will have up to February 23 to file a rejoinder.
“On February 24, we will continue with the pre-hearing. You will have time to discuss all the affidavit evidence and present to court on February 24 a joint scheduling memo,” he said.
Under the court directions, Bobi Wine was tasked to use the time to get all the necessary documents that he intends to present in evidence before court convenes.
“From now I don’t want learned counsels to look at one another as opponents. They only believe their client has a case. In whatever we do let’s do it with responsibility. We all love Uganda and it’s the duty of Ugandans to strengthen the Courts of Justice. There’s no other alternative,” Justice Owiny-Dollo said.
This was after Sseggona told court that the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga (3rd respondent) had discriminated against them (applicant’s lawyers).
The CJ also advised lawyers involved in the petition to mind about time because the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its judgment on March 18, 2021.
The Chief Justice also warned parties to case including lawyers and media to avoid breach of the sub judice rule by divulging in merits of the case on social media platforms.