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Court dismisses suit challenging Museveni's sole candidature

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The Constitutional court, in a majority decision of 4-1 has dismissed an application by ruling party MPs challenging President Yoweri Museveni's sole candidature in next year's general elections.

11 National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaning members of parliament challenged a decision by the top party organ, the central executive committee (CEC) to endorse Museveni as the party's sole presidential candidate for the 2021 elections and beyond. 

A panel of the Constitutional court chaired by the acting chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Cheborion Barishaki, Kenneth Kakuru, Christopher Izama Madrama and Egonda Ntende delivered the verdict today Thursday. 

The applicants included Theodore Ssekikubo ( Lwemiyaga County), Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga West), John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya County) Patrick Oshabe Nsamba (Kassanda North), Mbwatatekamwa Gaffa (Kasambya County), Samuel Lyomoki (Workers MP), Silvia Akello, (Otuke district), Susan Amero (Amuria Woman MP), James Acidri (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 challenged the resolution that was adopted on February 19, 2019, at Chobe Safari Lodge declaring Museveni as the party’s sole presidential candidate.

In their application, the legislators noted that the decision by the CEC is inconsistent with several articles of Uganda’s constitution. They also argued 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 fair hearing.       

They asked the Constitutional court to quash resolutions. However, in their judgment, the judges dismissed the application arguing that there was nothing constitutional for them to interpret. They observed that the issues in the application could have been determined by the High court since it has powers to enforce rights. 

They argued that the matter was wrongly filed before the Constitutional court, saying it lacks jurisdiction to entertain their issues. The judges ordered the petitioners to meet the costs of the suit.

However, in a minority judgment, justice Ntende disagreed with his colleagues, saying the decision by Museveni to chair and participate in the CEC meeting that declared him sole candidate was contrary to the provisions that provide for safeguarding, protecting and upholding the constitution.

He noted that whereas he understands that Museveni attended the meeting in his capacity as the NRM party chairperson, he cannot be sure whether he relinquished his powers as president while chairing the meeting. Ntende observed that there was clear violation of constitutional principles that require political parties to ensure that all Ugandans have access to leadership positions at all levels to allow fair competition.

He noted that it was clear that the legislators were denied a right to participate in their own party elections, which also violated democratic principles and national objectives. Ntende directed the NRM to pay costs to the applicants.

The applicants informed court through their lawyer, Medard Lubega Ssegoona shortly after the judgment that they are dissatisfied and will appeal the decision. The judgment was read by the Constitutional court registrar, Mary Babirye.

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+3 #1 Lysol 2020-07-02 19:02
Many of the youngsters in the corrupt NRM party have forefieted their chances of ever becoming to the position of leadership, by being complacent with the status quo.

Until they take mattes into their own hands, the future of the country is doomed.

The future of any county always belongs to the younger generations. and not to the older (yesterday's)ones.
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+1 #2 Lysol 2020-07-02 19:02
Many of the youngsters in the corrupt NRM party have forefieted their chances of ever becoming to the position of leadership, by being complacent with the status quo.

Until they take mattes into their own hands, the future of the country is doomed.

The future of any county always belongs to the younger generations. and not to the older (yesterday's)ones.
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0 #3 Akot 2020-07-02 20:15
Why will there be the next fake election when Museveni is the only candidate, thus the only winner?

Are Ugandans so brainless & don't understand the country belongs to Museveni & he controls every institution, owns tax money?

Only bringing down the tribalistic system & UNITY will block & end Museveni's hold on the country fromed by our tribal lands!

But as Ugandans hold on to tribal belonging & want tribal leaders in posts, formation of Independent Tribal States will also FREE tribes & each will do as it wants!

Why is the tribalistic system still standing, ensureing Museveni rules for life while Ugandans pretend they are not tribalists, even when the outside world understands it now?

Why are Ugandans lockign themselves with Museveni & what will they do when the chief tribal leader will be no more?
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-1 #4 kabayekka 2020-07-03 08:22
Well these are well known NRM diehard who are suspects in conspiring with this government to convince the public that there is indeed law and order and real democracy in this country.

One wonders why this group persists to stay put in this political party that has a bit of a criminal record! Is there a financial bonus of some sort?
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-1 #5 Wainaichi 2020-07-03 08:27
Without even bothering yo read usual fools like Akot Lysil and others I only voice my support for the sole candidature of General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Chairman of the National Resistance party wanting another term of office of the president of the Republuc of Uganda.

I fully support his sole candidature as I did in the past.We do not need some people who are going to.mess up Uganda.We want peace, prosperity and stability in Uganda and it can only be achieved by prwdidentvYoweri Kaguta Museveni who was leading thos amazing country from its liberation in 1986.

Neera,meera.neera YKM and paka last,paka paka.
Yet another term and continued progress and stability of Uganda.God bless president Museveni.
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0 #6 WADADA rogers 2020-07-03 09:18
What did you expect Owiny Dollo to do, get an excuse to dismiss the suit, sadly, i dont expect any miracles at supreme court
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0 #7 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-07-03 11:47
"The applicants informed court through their lawyer, Medard Lubega Ssegoona shortly after the judgment that they are dissatisfied and will appeal the decision."

Ssegoona,where you will take the appeal, cadre judges are waiting to dismiss the appeal. Not after a bribe of a hefty retirement packages!
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0 #8 Lysol 2020-07-03 18:30
Quoting Wainaichi:
Without even bothering yo read usual fools like Akot Lysil and others I only voice my support for the sole candidature of General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
and Chairman of the National Resistance party wanting another term of office of the president of the Republuc of Uganda.

I fully support his sole candidature as I did in the past.We do not need some people who are going to.mess up Uganda.We want peace, prosperity and stability in Uganda and it can only be achieved by prwdidentvYoweri Kaguta Museveni who was leading thos amazing country from its liberation in 1986.

Neera,meera.neera YKM and paka last,paka paka.
Yet another term and continued progress and stability of Uganda.God bless president Museveni.


Why not go and kiss his wrinkle butt while you are at it, mother f**ker Nakasero.
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