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Election petition: Museveni defends his victory

President Museveni with Electoral Commission chairman Badru Kiggundu and other EC officials at Bombo yesterday

President Yoweri Museveni has defended his victory in the February 18 elections, saying he was validly elected in accordance with all electoral laws.

This is contained in Museveni's defense to the presidential election petition filed by independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi challenging his re-election.
 
“I was validly elected in accordance with the principles laid down in the provisions of the constitution, the Electoral Commission Act and the Presidential Elections Act.” Museveni states in his response.

The defense was filed this afternoon before the Supreme Court by Museveni's lawyers led by Kiryowa Kiwanuka. Museveni asks the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition with costs, arguing that none of the cases of malpractices attributed to him by Mbabazi were not committed by him personally or with his knowledge.
 
Museveni denies every bribery allegation level against him by his former secretary general. On the allegations of distributing hoes to the people of West Nile aimed at stopping them from voting Mbabazi and other candidates, Museveni says that this is part of an ongoing government program to support farmers with agriculture implements and to improve household incomes.
 
He adds that this same program started well before the 2015/16 campaign and election period. On the allegation of giving out Shs 250,000 to voters in every village throughout the country, Museveni says the money was paid out by the NRM to its branches to support their activities.
 
 He also denies the allegations of using abusive language during the campaigns when he threatened Dr Kizza Besigye and Mbabazi and their supporters that they cannot touch the anus of the leopard and go scot free, saying the reference was figurative to illustrate the recklessness of anybody breaking the law.
 
On the accusations of threatening voters against voting for Mbabazi on any candidate saying Uganda would go to war, Museveni said that what he meant was that Ugandans should exercise their right to vote carefully to protect the gains and progress the country has achieved since 1986.
 
With the filing in of Museveni's defense that of Electoral Commission and Attorney General, court can now ably hear the election petition and dispose it of within 30 days from the date of filing. The pre-hearing kicks off tomorrow morning.

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