Ugandan musician-cum-politician Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has listed twenty-six grounds to impeach President Museveni.
Last Month, Bobi Wine who was the runner-up in the presidential elections has asked the country’s Supreme Court to annul the victory of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
In his petition to topple National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leadership, Bobi has also stated that the judges declare that the Electoral Commission (EC) failed to conduct the January 14 General Election per the law and, as such, Mr Museveni was not validly elected.
In a petition filed at the Supreme Court in Kololo, a Kampala suburb, the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader asked the court to order fresh elections because EC’s non-compliance with the law affected the outcome of the ballot substantially.
Bobi Wine’s petition is the fourth such attempt to overturn Mr Museveni’s victories in six elections superintended by the latter’s government since 1996.
Four-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye challenged Mr Museveni’s 2001 and 2006 re-elections and the Supreme Court judges found evidence of voting irregularities and rigging but decided that they did not affect the final results substantially.
Highlights of Bobi Wine’s election petition grounds
Claims against EC (11)
– Disenfranchised voters by not ensuring all citizens eligible to vote were registered
– Failed to produce accurate voters’ register and conduct voter education
– Arbitrarily decided election roadmap, mode of campaign and guidelines
– Failed to ensure secure conditions for election
– Instituted selectively-applied arbitrary guidelines
-Arbitrarily banned campaigns in 16 districts
-Failed to prevent/stop ballot stuffing and multiple voting
– Non-transparent tabulation, transmission and declaration of results
-Commission was under control and direction of candidate Museveni, state agents
-Failed to guarantee petitioner’s security and ensure his consultations happened uninterrupted
– Failed ineffective distribution of voting materials
Claims against Museveni (6)
– Has a history of election violence, scared voters, by declaring self “master of violence”
– Superintended or condoned election crimes by armed forces
– Holds command responsibility for security brutalisation of petitioner and agents
– Made reckless and derogatory comments about petitioner, which discouraged voters
– Museveni and agents offered bribes to voters
-Authorised or condoned security to deface, remove or replace Bobi posters with his.
Claims against Attorney-General (9)
– Non-amendment of laws as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure free, credible poll
– Police and soldiers blocked the petitioner’s prospective consultations about the candidature
– Internet, Mobile Money switch-off impaired facilitation of campaign agents on voting day
– Security forces arrested and brutalised petitioner on nomination day
– UPDF and police interfered with petitioner’s rallies to candidate Museveni advantage
– Armed forces disrupted petitioner’s manifesto launch in Mbarara and Kamwokya in Kampala
– Soldiers and police seized campaign materials of the petitioner and arrested his agents
– Blanket security deployments stirred terror, discouraged voters from voting
– Security and resident district commissioners acted as Museveni agents, coerced voters to cast a ballot for him