Bobi Wine wins NUP-Kibalama case

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Court has dismissed the case lodged against National Unity Platform (NUP) founder Moses Kibalama and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

“We are now officially a legal party, NUP everywhere,” said the party in jubilation.

Bobi Wine and NUP leadership case was Wednesday dismissed by High Court Judge Justice Musa Sekaana by email.

Justice Musa ruled that The National Unity Platform (NUP) is a legally registered political party.

Two former members had challenged the current leadership of NUP and change of the party name.

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Background

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.

The members; Difas 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 from Kibalama to Kyagulanyi, the change of party colors and logos, as well as the alteration of founder members and subscribers.

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.

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 party leaders.

The 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 illegal entity.

During 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.

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