NUP lawyers before the Supreme court today were seeking permission to file additional evidence in an election petition challenging the election of YKM7.
Lead counsel Medard Lubega Ssegona told a panel of nine justices that even though the law envisages only 15 days within which a dissatisfied party can file an election petition , Kyagulanyi’s case is excusable because he was under house arrest for 10 days and only freed 5 days to the lapse of the mandatory time .
This meant that Kyagulanyi who was held in incommunicado would not meet his agents and lawyers to discuss hence filing the petition with missing pieces of evidence.
Ssegona added that unless court intervenes and permits them to table this fresh evidence, their petition may have less chances of success since this evidence is so fundamental and goes to the core of the petition.
Museveni’s lawyers led by Ebert Byenkya asked the court to dismiss Kyagulanyi’s application to amend the petition saying “the law governing presidential election petitions does not allow for such.”
He said the law only allows for the filing of the petition, serving the petition within two days, filing answers to the petition within three days, asking for particulars if any and final hearing.
Justices on the panel are; CJ Alfonse Owiny -Dollo, Stellah Arach , Esthet Kisaakye, Rubby Opio Aweri, Paul Mugamba , Mike chibita, Ezekiel Muhanguzi and Persy Tuhaise.