‘Why the Hell Are You Befriending the Court?’ Prologue and Postscript to the Amama Mbabazi Presidential Election Petition in Uganda.
8 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 2, 2020
On March 12, 2016, I joined eight other Makerere Law School dons in filing an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) application in the presidential election petition brought by John Patrick Amama Mbabazi (JPAM). Mbabazi was the third-place finisher in the poll, garnering 1.3 percent of the final tally after incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (60.6%) and runner-up Kizza Besigye (35.6%). At 5:12PM on the day before the prescribed deadline, JPAM filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of Museveni’s election. As was the case in both 2001 and 2006 when the polls ended up in the court, Mbabazi petition was met with a wide range of opinions.
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