Thursday March 10 2016

Supreme Court directs Mbabazi team to submit affidavits by 5pm today

Lawyers representing Mr Mbabazi , the Electoral Commission and Mr M

Lawyers representing Mr Mbabazi , the Electoral Commission and Mr Museveni compare notes during one of the pre hearing sessions. Photo by Dominic Bukenya.  


KAMPALA-The Supreme Court has directed Mr Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers to submit its witnesses’ affidavits by close of business today.

Mr Mbabazi wants court to quash President Museveni’s election.

Responding to a question about when the team should submit the affidavits, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe said by close of business today.

“We normally close office at five o’clock. We can bend it up to six o’clock. But, surely, not beyond eight…,” said Justice Katureebe.

He also gave all the parties involved mentioned in the petition up to Sunday ( March 13) to have submitted all the documents they will need to argue their cases.

Announcing the deadline twenty during a pre hearing session, Justice Katureebe said the court has already spent ten days on the pre-hearing.

“We have barely twenty days [left]. We will stick to the timetable that we agreed to on Monday, March 7; all filing must be in by the close of this Sunday,” said Justice Katureebe.

Mr Amama Mbabazi, who is challenging the election of President Museveni on February 18, should have submitted the affidavits, among other documents, yesterday – Wednesday, March 9.

However, his lawyers could not beat yesterday’s deadline because some people still at large broke into their offices in Kampala and took off with up to 100 affidavits and an unspecified number of computers.

The police, which the lawyers claim was complicity in the break-ins, repudiated the statements. The force has gone ahead to institute a team to investigate the break-ins.

The EC, on the other hand, is expected to provide the tally sheets used at the polling stations.