Former presidential candidate Engineer Mayambala Willy intends to inherit Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s petition challenging Yoweri Museveni’s triumph in the just-concluded January 14 polls.
It should be remembered that during a presser at the National Unity Platform headquarters in Kamwokya earlier this week, the Afro-Pop star directed his lawyers to withdraw the petition from the Supreme Court. His lawyers followed suit and were yesterday given leave of court to do as their client had instructed. This move, according to the Kamwokya leadership opens the gates for what they called the public court.
It’s on these grounds that Mayambala has written to the Supreme Court objecting the withdraw of the petition. The comical engineer also seeks court’s guidance on the way forward.
“I write to object the withdraw of the Presidential Petition formerly logged in by Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu against several defendants as outlined in his petition. I as well write to express interest in taking on the presidential petition and seek to inherit the petition from Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and seek to be guided” read the letter that this website has been able to access.
In the letter, Mayambala requests the court’s advice on the necessary procedures such a process would follow let alone what is required of him to inherit the petition. In a bid to show his seriousness, the former presidential candidate who is on record for accepting the results from last month’s polls asks if it is possible to present new evidence to the court.
About January 14 polls
On January 14, Uganda went to polls following a highly volatile campaign period that saw various low and high moments including the November 22 Free Bobi Wine protests that claimed close to 60 lives according to security organizations. This was climaxed by what one would call an uneventful and rather peaceful election day under total internet blackout that the government claimed was ordered due to matters concerning national security. Forty-eight hours later, the Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama declared incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni winner having raised 58% of the total valid votes cast. Bobi Wine came in second with 35% of the votes whereas Willy Mayambala trailed the pack of eleven contestants with a meager 0.15% of votes cast.