Two founders of NURP Difas Basile and Hassan Twala claimed that Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the founding president of the party changed its name and transferred its leadership to Bobi Wine without their knowledge and consent.
Civil Court deputy head Musa Ssekaana, Wednesday dismissed the case on grounds that it was filed out time in which courts can entertain judicial review matters.
Ssekaana ruled that judicial review matters can only be entertained within three months after a happening leading to cause of action.
Since the judgment was delivered via email address to the concerned parties as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 Pandemic, hundreds of NUP supporters and journalists camped at the party’s Kamwokya based offices as early as 9:00 am.
They anxiously waited until around 11:40 am when the verdict was dropped on emails of NUP lawyers led by Medard Lubega Sseggona.
Sseggona punched the air and was joined by Bobi Wine and the team in celebrations.
They started singing Bobi Wine’s famous song ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ which means that we shall wear the crown for about ten minutes. This was followed by the national anthem. Sseggona then announced that court had dismissed the case against their party causing ululations from the crowd.
In his remarks, the visibly jovial Bobi Wine said although the judgment is historical, the case was bogus, aimed at antagonising them. Bobi Wine said the ruling was a clear indication that the Electoral Commission can also declare him a president contrary to what some opposition political actors contemplate.
Bobi Wine noted that although no institution in the country, is independent as it should be, the verdict should inform the non-believers that a declaration in his favor is possible.