Inside Mbabazi’s ‘New Petition’ Against Museveni

A defense witness in a case where five people are accused of attempted murder of Kiira Town council Mayor Mamerito Mugerwa in November 2013 has revealed to court that the reason why people wanted mayor dead was because of his poor performance.

Mayor Mamerito had according to the lawyer, this betrayed the trust of his voters when he started acting as an agent for the people’s oppressors.

In his testimony before Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate Joyce Kavuma, and defense witness Nsubuga Edrisa, ailment a resident of Kasokoso Kiganda, one of those arrested by police in connection with the alleged crime
dismissed the allegations that he and the four co-accused accused people were the ones who ordered the manhandling and burning of Mamerito’s car

“It is not true to say that somebody ordered the people to beat up Mamerito because I attended the said village security meeting on November 5th 2013 at Kasokoso beach. In attendance there were over 10,000 people and the time Mamerito was grabbed, Afande (Felix)

Kaweesi was addressing the people,” he said.

Nsubuga argued that since the only efficient way of communicating to the big congregation was though a microphone which none of the accused people possessed, it would be unfair to claim that the accused has a hand in the attack.

“Mamerito was manhandled at the entrance ye the accused had occupied front sits in the meeting. I think he was beaten up because he had abandoned his duty as an elected Mayor to protect people’s interest which made people to see him as a traitor.”

The five accused in court today

The five accused in court today

Nsubuga adds they were surprised to see that their Mayor had taken over the office of the Public Relations officer of National Housing, when he informed them that whether people wanted or not they had to vacate Kasokoso land.

“Mamerito’s survival was as a result of police intervention; Kaweesi’s guards shot bullets in the air to
disperse the crowd as two of the Police officers guide the mayor away from the fracas.”

Nsubuga pointed out that during this incident; eight people were injured by bullets, two of them permanently.

Due to the tight schedule of court today the magistrate adjourned this case to 21st March when the state prosecution is expected to cross examine this witness.

The accused persons are David Mugalya LC 1 chairman Kasokoso, David Sekiziyivu a councilor in Kireka zone C, Hajji Musa Sewagudde, Umar Mayanja and Jude Kabogoza.

Prosecution alleges that these suspects and others still at large on November 5th 2013 at Kasokoso village Kira Town council Wakiso district unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Mamerito Mugerwa
when they set ablaze his double cabin pickup truck registration number UAN 440N
On Monday afternoon, information pills the Supreme Court’s panel of 9 judges agreed to consider former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s amended petition in which he seeks to challenge the election and eventual announcement of NRM’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as the winner of the February 18, cialis 40mg general elections.

Contrary to what he had filed earlier, court was on Monday morning told that Mbabazi — who was third behind Museveni and Kizza Besigye in the poll — had filed a new amended petition in which he sought to overturn the election results. This was challenged by Museveni’s lawyers led by Kiryowa Kiwanuka insisting it was a waste of time and unconstitutional.

However the judges ruled that there was no law stopping Mbabazi from filing an amended petition.

Chimpreports accessed the amended petition that was filed and served to both the panel of judges and President Museveni’s lawyers.

The new amended petition dated March 7, 2016 and filed by petitioner Amama Mbabazi against respondents (Yoweri Museveni, the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General), cites article 126 of the Constitution and rule 15 of the Presidential Elections Act as its locus.

The petition insists that President Museveni through his agents gave hoes as a form of bribe to voters in West Nile with intent to refrain from voting the petitioner (Mbabazi) and other candidates which it says is illegal.

“Contrary to section 64 of the Presidential Elections Act, between mid 2015 and 16th and 18th of February 2016, through his agents, he gave a bribe of shs250000 to voters in every village throughout Uganda on two occasions with intent that they should vote him,” reads part of the amended petition.

“While on a campaign tour in of Busoga region in Mayuge district, he gave 500 hectares of Bukaleeba forest reserve in Bukatuube sub-county to over 30,000 families comprising voters with a view of inducing them to vote for him.”

Vote Recount

Mbabazi also insists that there should be a vote recount in 45 districts among others including Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Kanungu, Kiruhura, Luwero, Kyankwanzi Ntungamo and Rukungiri to be able to determine the substantial effect of malpractices and non- compliance acts by the Electoral Commission.

“We want court to declare that Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was not validly elected as president and his elections annulled, “says Mbabazi in the new petition.


In the new petition by Mbabazi, President Museveni is accused of making statements referring to his opponents including Mbabazi himself and FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye when he called them emishega a Runyankole name for wolves.

“He made reckless statements that he was not prepared to hand over power to wolves and that the followers of the said people were mad,” says Mbabazi in his new petition.

Mbabazi also insists it was wrong for candidate Museveni to say that supporters of the opposition had touched the ‘anus of a leopard’ which he says in the petition was against the constitution.

The new petition also faults President Museveni for organizing a ‘political partisan militia’ called the crime preventers under the supervision of the police force to use violence against people suspected of not supporting the former.

Mbabazi also blames President Museveni for blocking his consultative meetings when police on July 9th 2015 stopped him at Njeru from proceeding to Eastern Uganda for the meetings.

On Museveni’s nomination, the petition faults the Electoral Commission for illegally nominating him on November 3rd yet he had not been sponsored by his party the NRM on whose ticket he contested.

“The EC acted improperly when they extended the deadline to give him more time instead of declaring his nomination papers null and void after all other candidate had submitted theirs.”

The hearing of the case is expected to commence in March 14th

The hearing of the case is expected to commence in March 14th

Mbabazi also faulted president Museveni for directing Rtd. Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde to fly a chopper fully decorated with his campaign posters and party colors to land at Boma ground in Fort Portal which instilled fear among the voters.

Electoral Commission

Mbabazi blamed the Electoral Commission for allowing people to vote before and after the official time on top of the many pre-ticked ballots which he says was illegal and a violation of the constitution.

Mbabazi also blames the elections body for using data got from the Internal Affairs Ministry meant for provision of National IDs instead of properly compiling a new voters’ register as required by law.

“Contrary to section 35 of the presidential elections act, the EC failed to identify voters by their respective voters’ cards but instead applied slow and suspect biometric identification machines, ” reads the petition.

Mbabazi also accuses EC for declaring president Museveni as the winner of the elections before receiving requisite documents.

The Electoral Commission and President Museveni were also faulted for blocking social media communication platforms which created information blackout and denied voters information in real time.

“This facilitated the EC to manipulate and cook figures that made him (Museveni) to appear to be in a lead and in the same vein it denied the petitioner access to his agents in a bid to exchange information regarding the electoral process.”

The Supreme Court set Thursday March 14 as the date for the start of the pre-hearing session of the petition.


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