The High Court in Kampala has issued an interim order temporarily blocking the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) from conducting their elections that were scheduled to take place on February 25.
The order was issued by the Head of High Court Civil Division, Musa Ssekaana last evening.
According to Justice Ssekaana, the order is to stay in place until February 28, 2023, when the case is coming up for further directions.
Five journalists sued the Association for stopping them from participating in the upcoming elections.
Abubaker Lubowa, Zambaali Bulasio Mukasa, Emmanuel Nkata, Hasifu Sekiwunga, and Martin Kimbowa are the applicants who dragged UJA, its current president Mathias Rukundo, and secretary-general Emmanuel Kirunda to court.
The five journalists say the decision barring, eliminating, and ejecting them from standing as candidates for elective positions in UJA is illegal and an abuse of the respondent’s powers.
In their main suit, they want court to declare that the decision of the respondents in refusing to pass them through to go for final elections during the annual general meeting is a nullity as it is tainted with illegality, irrationality, bias and procedural impropriety. End.