Uganda: What’s next after opposition leader Bobi Wine withdraws election challenge?

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Friday, 26 February 2021 19:56

Ugandan opposition leader and singer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known as Bobi Wine addresses a news conference in Kampala, Uganda 26 January 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

On Monday, Uganda’s Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine said he instructed his lawyers to withdraw a litigation he had filed challenging last month's election won by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years. So what is next for the opposition leader?

Claiming that the Supreme Court was in Museveni’s pocket, Kyagulanyi said: “We are taking the case to the Court of the People”.

Kyagulanyi’s lawyers were a day late in filing affidavits in support of his case, so the court rejected them. That – and the fact that judges refused to recuse themselves due to their ties to the ruling National Resistance Movement – led him to judge that the court was unlikely to give him the hearing he felt he deserved.