The High Court Civil Division has dismissed with costs, a suit in which four founding members of the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party were challenging the changes that led to the transfer of its leadership to Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The members Difas Basile and Twaha Hassan filed the suit against the Electoral Commission, Attorney General, Robert Kyagulanyi- the President of National Unity Platform and other leaders of the new political outfit.
The applicants accused Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the founder president of NURP and his Secretary-General Paul Simbwa of fraudulently passing on their party to Kyagulanyi in disregard of the laid down procedures.
The petitioners also accused
Kibalama of illegally changing the party name, logos and symbols, among others,
as printed in the National Gazette on August 12, 2019.
During the court hearings, Principal State Attorney Wanyama Kodoli and Principal Election Officer Samuel Kiyingi told the court that the NURP leadership had attempted since 2004 to change the party name and symbols but never had the required documents.
However in his ruling today, Justice Musa Ssekaana, the Deputy head of High Court Civil Division disregarded all grounds for the case and instead focused on the fact that the case was filed in a manner that abused the court process.
Justice Ssekaana explained that the application which was seeking for a judicial review was filed after a year yet such applications are supposed to be filed within three months after being aggrieved with a certain decision.
In Kasese, National Union platform district Chairperson, Mr. Brian Basisa who called for the protection of electorates intending to defect to other political parties of their choice called for calm among his party supporters now that the court suit that was scaring their operations had been quashed by court.
Mr. Basisa speaking…….
He however called for peaceful political campaign atmosphere. END