The judiciary says the National Unity Platform party president Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine has only today to formally file in his withdrawal notice in writing.
Reacting on the withdrawal notice which peaked news headlines on Monday, the judicial spokesperson Jameson Kalemani says as court they had not yet received a formal withdrawal bid from the NUP and its principal. “We only saw everything on social media,” Kalemani says. “Kyagulanyi and his lawyers have up to Wednesday February 24 to put everything in writing. As court, we have procedures we follow. We don’t just withdrawal the case because someone has said so on Television,” he adds.
In the laws governing petitions, a petitioner is ar liberty to withdraw a case and must justify why he takes that pursuit in writing. However, a third party (any citizen) who may have interests in the case can take it on and meet the legal costs on his or her own.
Important to note is the fact that it is only the court that approves or consents to the withdrawal of a case. If judges do not contend to the matters raised in a withdrawal notice, they may reject the application and stay the case. But in case they approve to the withdrawal, the petitioner is slapped with charges incurred by the person or firm that he or she is accusing. In this case, the NUP party is likely to be compelled to pay the lawyers of the ruling NRM party, the Electoral Commission and the person of Tibuhaburwa.