NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba

The Secretary General of the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) Justin Kasule Lumumba has urged former National Unity Platform Presidential (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine to refrain from playing mind games on Ugandans.

Lumumba was reacting to the MP’s decision of withdrawing the presidential election petition challenging Museveni’s victory in the just concluded elections. Yesterday, Bobi Wine announced that he ordered his lawyers to withdraw the matter after court declined to receive his evidence.

“We can’t be part of the mockery of justice. We have instructed our lawyers to withdraw the case. We were told that the withdrawal of the matter is a process.  This was a test, the electoral commission failed; the Supreme Court has as well failed. We have decided to take the matter to the court of public opinion; no one can convince you that the electoral commission was independent,” Bobi said.

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Mrs Lumumba said; “Kyagulanyi should refrain from playing mind games on Ugandans. Political demagoguery will never see good in any situation or court process. It’s my opinion that political leaders should not use their selfish interests to put our institutions in disrepute.”

“Museveni has been in the struggle at the top level for over 50 years and he has worked with most senior leaders in the country. Besides, those justices are officers of court who swore an oath to uphold justice so their decisions are based on evidence adduced not acquaintances,” she said.

The withdrawal of the matter hinged on among others Justice Owiny Dollo, Mike Chibita decision to stay on the beach despite having worked with Mr. Museveni. “Chief Justice represented Museveni as his lawyer in the presidential petition filed by Dr. Besigye in 2006 and the former DPP Chibita was Museveni’s former private secretary for 7 years,” Bobi said.

“The Issue of Kyagulanyi alleging that Chief Justice Lord Owinyi Dollo and Lord Michael Chibita should recuse themselves because they ever worked with President Museveni is a far-fetched reason,” Lumumba added.

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