President Yoweri Museveni has been served with a copy of the electoral petition by the legal team of the National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Robert Kyagulanyi.
Museveni’s lawyers were served by Kyagulanyi’s lead counsel, Anthony Wameli, at the Supreme Court in Kampala on Wednesday.
According to the secretary-general of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), Justine Kasule Lumumba, the President instructed lawyers Kiryowa Kiwanuka and Edwin Karugire to receive the petition from Kyagulanyi’s team on his behalf.
Kiwanuka and Karugire were represented by Esau Insigoma, one of the lawyers from K&K Advocates.
“Under the law the service must be personal, but President Museveni gave instructions to party lawyers under K&K to receive on his behalf, and I am here to witness the process,” Lumumba said shortly after Kyagulanyi’s lawyers served NRM lawyers with the petition.
Museveni’s team has three days to respond. The Constitution dictates that the petition must be heard and concluded within 45 days.
Over ten lawyers have been lined up by the ruling NRM to defend Museveni’s election victory in the Supreme Court.
The team which includes prominent lawyer Peter Kabatsi of Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), on Tuesday, started combing the voluminous files that were lodged before the Supreme Court on Monday by former presidential candidate Kyagulanyi.
Kyagulanyi petitioned the Supreme Court, seeking to annul the election of NRM candidate Museveni.
In his petition Kyagulanyi wants the court to declare that the Electoral Commission (EC) failed to conduct the January 14 general elections in accordance with the law, and therefore, Museveni was not validly elected.
Kyagulanyi’s prayer to court is that a fresh election be organised.
On January 16, the EC declared Museveni as the winner of the 2021 presidential elections with 58.38% of the total votes while Kyagulanyi polled 35.08%.
According to sources within the Supreme Court, the EC and the Attorney General (AG) that are the other defendants in the case have already been served by Kyagulanyi’s legal team.