The telephone arrears date back to the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) when police and sister agencies including the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF rented some UTL towers and sites for security and communication purposes.
Justices of the Supreme Court Justices led by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe made orders on electoral reforms to be implemented. The court set a two-year time frame in which the Attorney General was to report to the court the measures taken to implement the orders.
Chief Justice Bart Katureebe while reading out the courts mini judgment on March 31, promised to read out the full judgment within a period of 90 days. This roadmap implied that the Supreme Court would read out its full judgment by June 30.
Vincent Kimbugwe, the Go Forward Coordinator in Sembabule district alleges that Sophie Nabbosa, the regional coordinator misappropriated over 40 million Shillings that was allocated to eight districts in South Buganda region, to facilitate Amama Mbabazis agents on polling day.
Mbabazi told Journalists in Kampala this afternoon that the break-in was a signal that the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate was determined to use all available means to suffocate attempts to prove that the victory accorded to its candidate was undeserved.
In a ruling read by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the panel of nine judges agreed that the petitioner did not present substantial evidence to prove that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the law.
Counter Terrorism Police officers are joined by VIIPU Police personnel and plain clothed security officers deployed inside and outside the courtroom. Two check points are maintained, one at the gate and the other at the entrance to the court room where all entrants are subjected to thorough checks.
Lawyer Mohammed Mbabazi said that since the declaration forms, tally sheets and return forms that should have been disclosed earlier had just been produced by the EC, the petitioner needed more time to go through them and submit a response accordingly.
Rukutana wants the Attorney General struck off the list of respondents with costs to compensate for the countless man-hours that the office has lost while its officers obediently listened to a shallow and unjustified petition that is challenging the outcome of the February 18 general election.
The delivery today follows a directive given by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe in response to queries by Mbabazis lawyer Severino Twinobusingye that the Electoral Commissions had failed to serve them with copies of the results declaration forms.
In his presidential election petition before the Supreme Court, Mbabazi contends that EC used data from the national identity card enrolment exercise to come up with a national voters register for the elections, contrary to the constitution and Electoral Commission act.
The ruling follows an application submitted on Thursday by a group of nine lecturers, all from the Faculty of Law seeking to join the presidential election petition filed by former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi. The petition is challenging the re-election of Yoweri Museveni to the presidency.
In their application filed by Prof Christopher Mbazira and Dr. Busingye Kabumba, the lecturers, said they want to join the petition to offer their expertise to the court to arrive at a just ruling. They also noted that while ruling on the 2001 and 2006 election petitions, the Supreme Court made several recommendations to ensure a level playing ground to ensure free and fair polls, but nothing has been done almost ten years down the road.
Didas Nkurunzinza, one of Musevenis lawyers, said despite courts directive to Mbabazis team to provide them with affidavits by close of business on Monday this week nothing was done, adding that this was way before the alleged break-in was reported.
According to Mbabazi, he has information indicating that those who broke into his office were dressed in police uniform. He says after breaking in, they picked his laptop and vital documents relating to the presidential election petition before the Supreme Court.
The presidential election No. 1 of 2016 was lodged before the Supreme Court on Tuesday last week by former presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, seeking to nullify the election of President Museveni on grounds that the EC did not comply with the electoral laws and that there was also outright voter rigging.
Earlier today, Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana asked court to dismiss the amended petition with costs. He said it was not necessary to amend the petition merely to present fresh evidence which could also be presented in other affidavits.