President Yoweri Museveni, 76, won the ballot for the sixth time in a row on January 14, with 58% of the vote, against Mr Wine, a 39-year-old former singer, who won 35% of the vote and spoke out against a “masquerade”.
Mr. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, had filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on February 1, claiming to have ample evidence of irregularities, such as voter intimidation, kidnappings within his party, and fraud massive.
But the former candidate said on Monday he had asked his lawyers to withdraw the appeal, accusing the judges in charge of the case of “bias” and of “lack of independence”.
“We are convinced that the Supreme Court has a predetermined opinion”, the opponent told reporters on Monday.
“We refuse to take part in this parody of justice. The people of Uganda will have the final say on their destiny. Having withdrawn our appeal to the unjust Supreme Court of Uganda, we are putting all legal, non-violent options on the table. table”, he added without giving further details.
Last week Mr Wine’s lawyers and judges spent several days debating procedural issues and the court ruled on Friday that most of the evidence submitted could not technically be considered.
The legal framework for contesting elections is openly criticized in Uganda, as Supreme Court justices only review events that took place on election day and on the day of the declaration of results, without taking into account the election campaign as a whole .
Mr. Wine accused the main judge in charge of the case, Alphonse Owiny-Dollo, of having met Mr. Museveni three times since the appeal was filed, and questioned his independence.
In the past, no candidate has managed to overturn an election of Mr. Museveni in court, almost all marked by suspicion of irregularities. The latter called the January ballot the most transparent in the history of independent Uganda.
The electoral campaign was marked by violence and by repression against its rivals. At least 54 people died in November in protests against yet another arrest of Mr Wine. He was also under house arrest for almost two weeks after the vote, until the courts ordered his release.
Source: Tv5 World
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