Mbabazi, Museveni Supreme Court Battle Kicks Off

The Supreme Court battle between former prime minister who was an independent candidate in the presidential elections Amama Mbabazi and incumbent president Museveni who has been re-elected kicks off today.


Mbabazi filed the court petition on March 1st challenging the election of President Yoweri Museveni as President and he is seeking its annulment.

He also sued the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General respectively.

Museveni was declared winner of the February 18th presidential election after garnering 60 percent of the total votes.

He was followed by Dr Kizza Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who polled 35 percent while followed by Mr Mbabazi in third position with 1.5 percent.

According to the petition, Mbabazi claims that the Presidential election was marred by widespread bribery.

He claims Museveni bribed voters in West Nile with hoes.

“Contrary to Section 64 (1) and (4) of the Presidential Elections Act hereinafter referred to as “the Act” the 1st Respondent [Mr Museveni] and his agents with his knowledge and consent or approval gave a bribe of hoes to the voters of West Nile with intent that they should vote the 1st Respondent and to refrain from voting the petitioner and other presidential candidates,” the petition reads in part.

He also cited voter intimidation, harassment and threats of arrest of presidential candidates.

The pre-hearing conference taking place today will be used to settle administrative disputes.