The arrested leaders are the NUP coordinator for Kagadi district, Josias Tumukwasibwe, Brian Asingwire contesting for Buyaga East Parliament seat and Anna Nasaka who is aspiring for Kagadi district LC5 chairperson seat
In their notice of appeal filed on Wednesday, the applicants through their lawyers of Byamukama, Kaboneka and Company Advocates contend that they are dissatisfied with the entire ruling. According to the notice, the two have requested certified copies of proceedings and rules to enable them to formulate their grounds of appeal.
NUP supporters in Karamoja called for the resignation of the IGP following Kyagulanyi's arrest moments after he was nominated to contest for the presidency, on Tuesday. He is one of the 11 candidates nominated by the Electoral Commission to faceoff with the incumbent Yoweri Museveni.
The trial magistrate, Stella Maris Amabalis couldn’t access the video conferencing room, which connects Buganda road court to Kitalya, Luzira and Kigo prisons where the accused persons are on remand because it was being used by other magistrates. The suspects can’t be allowed to appear in court physically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allan Biira, one of the disgruntled NUP members, said Baluku has been resilient, enduring and suffered various arrests for promoting the party in the district. He wants all party members to participate in the selection of flag bearers just like the case was with NRM.
The matter was taken to court by lawyer Male Mabirizi, who accused him of falsifying documents to indicate that he was born in 1982, yet there is enough evidence, to show that he was born two years earlier. The falsified documents were used to secure a passport, and in his nomination as a parliamentary candidate.
Paul Simbwa, the former Secretary-General of National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party-NURP said this as he was being cross-examined before the High Court Civil Division on how the party leadership changed hands from its Former leader Moses Kibalama Nkonge to Kyagulanyi.
The proceedings were stopped after the rowdy supporters of the NUP Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu stormed the court in big numbers demanding to attend the session. But the courtroom was locked by counter-terrorism police officers to block the hundreds of NUP supporters from joining the session.
Some of the key positions include Latif Ssebaggala Ssengendo for Lord Mayor, Hamdan Ssemugooma for Kampala central mayor, Paul Mugambe for Nakawa division mayor, Kasirye Nganda Ali Mulyanyama for Makindye Division mayor, Zackhy Mberaaze Mawula for Lubaga division mayor and Emmanuel Sserunjoji for Kawempe division Mayor.