JUST IN: Bobi Wine At Cloud9, Wins NUP Court Case With Costs

Singer turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine arrives for a press conference, held at his home in Magere in the outskirts of Kampala, on July 24, 2019. – Ugandan pop star turned leading opposition figure Bobi Wine on July 24, 2019 officially announced he would take on veteran President Yoweri Museveni in 2021 national elections, challenging President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 33 years. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP)

The High Court has this afternoon dismissed an application in which Moses Nkonge Kibalama contested the ownership of a political party National Unity Platform (NUP).

In the ruling presided over by judge Musa Ssekaana the case was thrown out the case with costs.

The Kamwokya based NUP political party is headed by Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who also leads the party foster parent People Power

“This court declines to entertain the application since it was not brought under any known procedure and secondly it was made to avoid the time limit of 3 months within which an application for judicial review should have been brought,” the ruling reads in part.

The judge added that the judicial review guidelines or rules equally provide for locus stand and this would have been the threshold before the applicants would seek to challenge actions of a party. It is an abuse of court process.

“This application is dismissed with costs to the respondents I so order,” ruled Ssekaana.

Bobi Wine’s leadership of the party came under scrutiny when two of its founders; Mr Difas Basile and Mr Hassan Twala, petitioned the High Court in Kampala.

They claimed Mr Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the founding president of the party, changed its name and transferred its leadership to Bobi Wine without their knowledge and consent.

At the last hearing on September 25, the presiding judge, Mr Musa Ssekaana, said he would give his ruling today (Friday) to resolve the controversy over the name and its leadership

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