• February 22, 2021
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Supreme Court To Castigate Bobi Wine Over Fake Signatures On His Affidavits

Supreme Court To Castigate Bobi Wine Over Fake Signatures On His Affidavits

 

According to a forensic investigation report, Some of the signatures on affidavits sworn in support of Robert Kyagulanyi’s presidential election petition before the Supreme Court are fake.

Bobi Wine who came second in the presidential polls with 35% against the winner and incumbent President Yoweri Museveni’s 58%, petitioned the Supreme Court seeking annulment of the January 14 polls, on grounds that the polls were not conducted in accordance with the electoral laws.

Bobi Wine filed a petition against Yoweri Museveni, the Electoral Commission and Attorney General.

However, in her sworn statement, Sylvia Chelangat, a forensic document examiner in the Directorate of Forensic Services has testified that some of the affidavits filed by the petitioner bear fake signatures.

Chelangat testified that on 17 February 2021, the Directorate of Forensic Services received a letter from the Solicitor General requesting police to verify signatures of some people who had sworn affidavits in support of Bobi Wine’s petition

She stated that upon receipt of the request, the Forensic Document Examiner proceeded to the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) to extract the enrolment documents of the persons named in attachment to the Solicitor General’s letter.

NIRA granted the Directorate of Forensic Services, certified copies of the enrolment forms and photographs bearing the signatures of the purported authors.

Chelangat noted that they carefully examined the questioned signatures and then compared them with sample signatures using scientific analytical methods of VSC 5000 (Video Spectral Comparator), sketching and visual observation method and observations that are now captured in their report dated 18 February 2021.

“I know that the questioned signatures attributed to Nahoniiwe Ham, Akankwasa Edward, Lokii Francis Kiyonga, Namata Ruth, Mugalya Faizo Isanga, Mbabazi Moses and Byamukama Allan are fundamentally different from the sample signatures of Nahoniiwe Ham, Akankwasa Edward, Lokii Francis Kiyonga, Namata Ruth, Mugalya Faizo, Isanga Mbabazi Moses and Byamukama Allan in design and manner of execution of letters and strokes, connecting strokes, commencement and terminal strokes, shapes, structures, loop formation, relative sizes and proportions of strokes and level of graphic maturity among others,” Chelangat testified in her sworn statement.

“Based on the above observations and the nature of the documents examined, we have established that there is strong evidence to show that the authors of the sample signatures in the names of Nahoniiwe Ham, Akankwasa Edward, Lokii Francis Kiyonga, Namata Ruth, Mugalya Faizo Isanga, Mbabazi Moses and Byamukama Allan did not sign the questioned signatures attributed to them,” she added.

The report could further complicate Bobi’s attempt to challenge Museveni’s re-election.

The development could as well give chance to NRM lawyers to question the authenticity of all signatures of affidavits sworn by Bobi’s supporters.

Chelangat also testified that the questioned signatures attributed to Turyamusiima Geoffrey, Batwawula Paul Kizito and Ssebaduka Stephen are not comparable with the same signatures of Turyamusiima Geoffrey, Batwawula Paul Kizito and Ssebaduka Stephen.

“The signatures are completely different in the general design and formation of strokes,” she said.

However, Chelangat further testified that some questioned signatures are significantly similar in design, and therefore, attributed to the people who signed.

“I know that the sample signatures of Ayebazibwe Milton Alex, Musinguzi Sula Kato, Owere Eridad, Wafula George and Nkugwa Ashraf Musa and the questioned signatures attributed to Ayebazibwe Milton Alex, Musinguzi Sula Kato, Owere Eridad Wafula George and Nkugwa Ashraf Musa are significantly similar in design and manner of execution of letters of strokes, skill, relative height and proportions of strokes, slant, alignment, relative length, shape and structure among others,” she said.

“Based on the above observations and nature of the documents examined in paragraph 9 of this affidavit, I know that there is strong evidence to show that the authors of the sample signatures in the names of Ayebazibwe Milton Alex, Musinguzi Sula Kato, Owere Eridad, Wafula George and Nkugwa Ashraf Musa signed the questioned signatures attributed to them,” she added

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