The judgment was expected today before the Deputy Head of the Civil Division Justice Musa Ssekaana. However, the Judiciary Spokesperson Jameson Karemani told URN that the Judgement was not ready.
A team of security officers led by ASP Mubarak Semakula getting orders at the High Court Civil Division in Kampala on Friday .
The High Court on Kampala has deferred to next week, a Judgment for
the case in which two founding members of the National Unity
Reconciliation and Development Party are challenging changes that led to
its take over by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu.
judgment was expected today before the Deputy Head of the Civil
Division Justice Musa Ssekaana. However, the Judiciary Spokesperson
Jameson Karemani told URN that the Judgement was not ready.
this, the security had been heightened with dozens of Uganda Peoples
Defence Forces soldiers, Local Defense Unit personnel, Field Force Unit,
Counter-terrorism and regular police officers deployed outside the court premises.
had camped at the entrance of the court building with sharp metallic
roadblocks placed at all junctions leading to the court. The police had
also unusually deployed heavily inside the court building on the orders
of Assistant Superintendent of Police Mubarak Semakula.
a few of people power supporters led by Kawempe North Parliamentary
candidate Muhammad Segirinya had also camped at court with the hopes
that today's court decision should determine their eligibility to
contest for the various positions, under the National Unity Platform
The case stems from a suit filed by two founding members of the National
Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party –NURP, the entity which was
transmuted into National Unity Platform, against their former leader Moses Nkonge Kibalama and Secretary-General Paul Simbwa.
Basile and Hassan Twaha accuse their leaders Moses Nkonge Kibalama 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
Kibalama to Kyagulanyi, the change of
party colours and logos, as well as the alteration of founder members
They argue that the founding members of
the party were never consulted and did not pass the required resolution to
change the party name in line with provisions of the NURP constitution of 2004 is
concerned. It is also alleged that Kibalama handed over the political
leadership of NURP to NUP in a disguised extraordinary delegates
conference attended by 51 members who elected the respondents as the new
petitioners also faulted Kibalama and Kyagulanyi for having forged
documents that the Electoral Commission used to approve the changes, and
asked the court to declare that the National Unity platform is an
the initial hearing of the case, Kibalama and Simbwa acknowledged that
some steps were not followed as stipulated, before handing over the
party to Kyagulanyi. However, Kyagulanyi and NUP through their lawyers;
Wameli and company Advocates asked the court to reject the evidence
citing that it was made under duress.