The Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has defended himself in the matter where the former Presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine wants him off the bench of nine judges handling his electoral petition.
Earlier this month, through his lawyers led by Medard Seggona, Bobi wine petitioned the Supreme Court challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s victory in the just concluded January general elections saying that the election was not free and fair.
He contended that throughout the campaign period the People of Uganda generally, and more particularly his supporters endured untold suffering, torture, degrading and inhuman treatment on the orders of Gen Museveni. He cited the dark days of 18th and 19th November 2020 which saw over 50 innocent, unarmed citizens murdered in cold blood by the police and military.
On Monday, the MP asked Justice Owiny Dollo, Mike Chibita to back off from hearing the matter because of a clear conflict of interest. He said Chief Justice represented Museveni as his lawyer in the presidential petition filed by Dr. Besigye in 2001 and the former DPP Chibita is Museveni’s former private secretary for 7 years.
Speaking during court session earlier today, Chief Justice told Bobi off that; “We did not invite anyone to this court if you have Plan B, go ahead with it but do not bring undeserved chaos in court.”
“If anybody thinks he can induce the Chief Justice with favours or intimidate him, be ready for a crash. Nobody should have the fear that we will favour any person in this petition; we took an oath to defend,” he said.
“All matters that arise outside court we don’t have time for. If anyone thinks they can intimidate, blackmail the chief justice Of Uganda, he is going to crash.” he added.
He said last time they spoke on how they will conduct themselves in the matter before them. “The lordships as it is provided for in the constitution took an oath to protect it without fear favor affection or ill will.”