January 6, 2015

Court To Rule on NRM Constitutional Amendments

The Constitutional Court is tomorrow expected to hear an application seeking to temporarily block the final approval of NRM’s newly appointed key leaders slated for this Thursday January 8th, 2015.

Justine Lumumba,the appointed SG of NRM
Justine Lumumba,the appointed SG of NRM

The interim application is expected to be heard at 2:30pm by a single judge Steven Kavuma who is the Acting Deputy Chief Justice.

The matter arose last month when Benjamin Alipanga, a student of Kent University in the United Kingdom dragged the NRM to court challenging the outcome of the party’s delegates’ conference of December 15, 2014.

In the meeting, delegates amended the party’s constitution giving the party Chairman powers to appoint key secretariat leaders.

Subsequently, the chairman appointed Justine Kasule Lumumba as the new Secretary General replacing Amama Mbabazi. Richard Todwong was also appointed Deputy Secretary General, Rose Namayanja as Party Treasurer and Dr Kenneth Omona as her deputy.  The four were jointly sued alongside the Attorney General.

The appointees are expected to be approved by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) this Thursday as a requirement before officially commencing their work. But their approval now hangs in balance and will mainly depend on the ruling of the court.

Alipanga who states to be a concerned citizen, in his petition claims not to be happy with the way the country is being governed by the NRM party accusing it for making a sharp U-turn on what it is supposed to do, hence the legal action.

Alipanga, who has since denied being fronted by embattled former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to file this petition, also brands whatever happened at Namboole on December 15 last year as “unconstitutional”, “illegal” for which he is seeking court’s powers to nullify the same.

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