NUP-Kibalama Case judgment for next week

Posted: 2020-10-16T11:22:29Z Read: 3,295 times
NUP-Kibalama Case judgment for next week

The High Court will next week deliver a Judgment for the case in which founding members of the National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party are challenging changes that led to its takeover by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu.

The Deputy Head of the Civil Division Justice Musa Ssekaana was expected to deliver the Judgment today. But according to the Judiciary Spokesperson Jameson Karemani, it was not ready.

Security had deployed heavily with Uganda Peoples Defence Forces soldiers, Local Defense Unit personnel, Field Force Unit, Counter-terrorism and regular police officers outside the court premises ahead of the ruling.

The forces had camped at the entrance of the court building with sharp metallic roadblocks placed at all junctions leading to the court, while police had also unusually deployed heavily inside the court building on the orders of  Assistant Superintendent of Police Mubarak Semakula. 

Only a handful of people power supporters led by Kawempe North Parliamentary candidate Muhammad Segirinya had also arrived at court hoping that today's court decision would determine their eligibility to contest for the various positions, under the National Unity Platform umbrella.

Two founding members of the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party –NURP, which is now National Unity Platform filed a suit against their former leader Moses Nkonge Kibalama and Secretary-General Paul Simbwa.

The members; Difas Basile and Hassan Twaha accuse their leaders of fraudulently making changes to the party constitution and effecting its takeover without following due processes. They are specifically challenging the change of the party name to NUP, change of leadership from Kibalama to Kyagulanyi, the change of party colors and logos, as well as the alteration of founder members and subscribers.