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Ugandan opposition leader Wine withdraws election result challenge

By The Frontier Post Reporter and Agencies

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Ugandan opposition chief Bobi Wine has announced the withdrawal of a court case challenging the recently concluded presidential election results.

In the elections, the incumbent Yoweri Museveni emerged the winner.

Wine now claims that proceeding with the case is a mission in futility to what he termed as biasness among the Supreme Court judges hearing the case.

“We have decided to withdraw from their court,” Bobi Wine told a news conference in the capital Kampala.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has rejected the results of the January election and said he believed victory was stolen from him.

A popstar and lawmaker, Wine, 39, was asking the court to overturn the results on several grounds including widespread use of violence.

Museveni, a former guerrilla leader who has led the East African country since 1986, was declared winner of the Jan. 14 election with 59 per cent of the vote, while Wine managed a paltry 35 per cent.

“The courts are not independent, it is clear these people (judges) are working for Mr. Museveni,” Wine told reporters.

Solomon Muyita, a judiciary spokesman, they will only respond to Wine’s accusations and decision to withdraw the case when he has formally quit the case through his lawyers.

“Right now what he has done is, he has only made a political statement, as far as the records of the Supreme Court are (concerned) the case is still there,” he said.

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