However, on Tuesday, the NRM party lawyer, Kiryowa Kiwanuka told the panel of five Constitutional Court Judges led by the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo that the NRM party Constitution is very clear on whoever wants to contest for the party ticket.
The National Resistance
Movement-NRM party lawyer, Kiryowa Kiwanuka has told the constitutional court
that there is still chance for any of their members to challenge president, Yoweri
Museveni for the party card ahead of the 2021 polls.
He was responding to
application filed by 11 NRM leaning Members of Parliament are challenging the party’s
decision to endorse Museveni as the sole presidential for the 2021 elections
applicants are Theodore Ssekikubo , Lwemiyaga
County, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Buyaga West, John Baptist
Nambeshe, Manjiya County, Oshabe Patrick Nsamba, Kassanda North,
Mbwatatekamwa Gaffa , Kasambya County, Samuel Lyomoki, Workers
MP, Silvia Akello, Otuke District, Susan Amero, Amuria Woman MP, James Acdri,
Maracha East County and Bildad Moses Adome, Jie County.
Through their lawyers of Alaka and Company Advocates,
Niwagaba Advocates and Solicitors and Barirere, Muhangi and Company Advocates, the legislators sued their party challenging the February 19th, 2019 resolution adopted at
Chobe Safari Lodge, which declared President Museveni as the party’s sole presidential
candidate in the fourth coming elections.
The legislators noted that the decision made by the Central
Executive Committee (CEC), the party’s top most organ is inconsistent with
several articles of the country’s constitution. They also contend that the decision by the NRM Chief Whip and
NRM Parliamentary caucus chairperson to block them from attending the seven-day
retreat in Kyankwanzi in March 2019 was arbitrary since they were never given a
However, on Tuesday, the NRM party lawyer, Kiryowa Kiwanuka told the panel of five Constitutional Court
Judges led by the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo that the NRM party
Constitution is very clear on whoever wants to contest for the party ticket.
Kiwanuka explained that party released its road Map recently
for the forthcoming elections, arguing that there is space for those who want
to contest for the party’s top most position. He asked court to dismiss the evidence presented on flash
disk by the legislators implicating the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa
for barring them from attending the party meeting at Chobe Safari Lodge where
Museveni was endorsed as sole NRM presidential candidate.
He said the evidence isn’t
transcribed and therefore can’t meet the required Standards under the
Electronic and Transactions Act. Kiwanuka argued that the Electoral Commission should have
been the one to lodge a complaint in court if the NRM hadn’t complied with some
of its constitutional provisions in line with the Political Parties and
Worker’s MP Sam Lyomoki, who is one of the petitioners, told URN shortly after
the court session that he was happy to hear that
there is still space for those interested in challenging Museveni is the party
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Justice Dollo said they will deliver their judgment on notice.
The other members of the panel are Justices Christopher Madrama, Egonda Ntende,
Kenneth Kakuru and Cheborion Barishaki.