Mixed reactions in Kampala as Appeal court in Nairobi throws out the BBI report

President of Kenya's Court of Appeal Daniel Musinga flanked by Lady Justice Roselyn Nambuye and Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu

Bobi Wine said, Kenya is leading by example and challenged Uganda’s long-ruling president Yoweri Museveni to “learn from Kenya” and stop his one-man autocracy

By The Weekly Vision Online

Uganda’s opposition has welcomed Kenya’s Court of Appeal ruling against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s BBI project. The opposition led by a top presidential contender in the 2021 poll Bobi Wine congratulated Kenyans for upholding the rule of law against “powerful forces.”

On his Twitter and Facebook accounts, Mr Wine said Kenya has proved to be the “embodiment” of a thriving modern democracy that had witnessed four peaceful presidential transitions since independence in 1963. As East Africa’s largest economy, Wine said, Kenya is leading by example and challenged Uganda’s long-ruling president Yoweri Museveni to “learn from Kenya” and stop his one-man autocracy. Mr Wine said Kenyan judges had “thrice” shown unusual boldness in the African context where incumbents almost always have their way no matter the situation.

Mr Wine said his “aborted” presidential petition was due to political harassment by the Kampala regime using police and plains clothes militia. He challenged Uganda’s top judges to borrow a leaf from Kenya and stop “rubber-stamping” fraudulent elections like the 2021 presidential election.

He said he would seek an interpretation at the Human Rights Court in Arusha on the conduct of the Kampala regime’s “flagrant” abuse of power using the military. “Museveni has consistently staged sham, bogus and shameful elections,” he said which had been roundly dismissed by international observers as neither free nor fair.

An alarmed President Museveni is said to have been following developments in Nairobi with growing unease

So why is the man still at State House Entebbe, pondered Wine who said he could rethink the petition from a “human rights” point of view as he had been prevented from leaving his house by a heavy security detachment. And as long as Uganda judges show “some teeth” and stop being intimidated by the executive.

Meanwhile, an alarmed President Museveni is said to have been following developments in Nairobi with growing unease. Since the landmark ruling throwing out the BBI petition, Museveni is said to have called an emergency cabinet meeting as he did in 2017. In 2017 after Kenya chief justice David Maraga chaired Supreme Court overturned the victory of President Kenyatta, Museveni reshuffled his cabinet twice and retired some “stubborn” judges, and brought new “submissive” figures on board.

Museveni is said to be ‘disturbed” by the ‘boldness” of Kenyan judges defying the head of state thrice, and remaining in office undisturbed. Sources in Kampala told The Weekly Vision that while Museveni congratulated his political ally deputy president William Ruto on the favourable court ruling, he had reservations over the ‘independent judiciary.”

In their five-hour ruling, one of the fires spitting Kenya Appeal Court judges even drew a “precedent” from Uganda’s election petition filed by Kizza Besigye against Museveni’s victory in the 2016 poll. Besigye claimed to have won in the poll widely dismissed by observers as below the acceptable international threshold.

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