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Museveni’s advisor drags NRM, Gen. Muhwezi, Dr Odoi; Wanyoto to court

(Last Updated On: 12 March 2024)

Kampala I The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has been dragged to the High Court of Uganda at Kampala alongside eight others.

In a civil suit no. HCT-00-CV-CS-0092-2024, Obal Daniel – through his counsel – Apricus Advocates and Solicitors, has sued the party, Gadhaffi Nassur, chairperson of NRM youth league, Dominic Mafabi Gidudu, chairperson of NRM elder’s league, Mwesigwa Rukari, chairperson of NRM entrepreneur’s league and Gen. Jim Muhwezi, chairperson of NRM veteran’s league.

Others are Gabriel Kato chairperson of NRM PWD’s league, Lydia Wanyoto, chairperson of NRM women’s league and Tanga Odoi, chairperson of NRM electoral commission.

The plaintiff, through his counsel, demands accordingly:

A declaration that the 1st defendant (NRM) owes a duty to the plaintiff as its party member to create an enabling environment for the plaintiff to grow his political career and participate in political activities under the principle of democracy, transparency and good governance.

Two, a declaration that the 2nd defendant (Gadhaffi), by virtue of his current age, is disqualified from continuing to hold the position of chairperson youth league in the 1st defendant party.

Three, a declaration that the 1st and 9th defendants’ omission of failing to conduct elections of the internal structures and special organs in the 1st defendant party violated the plaintiff’s rights to participate and be elected to join the 1st defendant party’s Central Executive Committee responsible for providing and exercising political leadership in the country.

Four, a declaration that the 1st and 9th defendants intentionally failed to conduct an election in the 1st defendant party’s internal structures and special organs amounts to a violation of the Laws of Uganda as well as the 1st defendant’s constitution.

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The plaintiff also seeks a declaration that the acts of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th defendants by continuing to occupy the positions they hold on the Central Executive Committee after the expiry of their elective term as chairpersons of their respective organs is contrary to the Law of Uganda and the 1st defendant constitution.

Further, the plaintiff wants the High Court to declare that the acts of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th defendants by continuing to derive monetary and other benefits attached to the positions they hold on the Central Executive Committee of the 1st defendant party after the expiry of their elective term in 2020 is contrary to the principles of accountability, democracy and good governance which the 1st defendant party seeks to promote.

Further, a declaration is being sought that all the resolutions, decisions and actions taken directly, indirectly or participated in by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th defendants since the expiry of their elective term in 2020 are null and void.

Orders

The plaintiff wishes the court to make the following orders: An order compelling the 2nd defendant to vacate the position of chairperson youth league in the 1st defendant party with immediate effect.

Two, an order compelling the defendants to pay general damages to the plaintiff for the missed opportunities and political stagnation suffered by the plaintiff occasioned by the failure or omission of the 1st and 9th defendants to conduct timely elections of special organs in the 1st defendant party and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th defendants act of continuously and illegally extending their term in office.

An order is sought compelling the defendants to pay an amount of UGX344,082,011 in special damages to the plaintiff.

Another order is being sought to compel the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th defendants to return all the monetary emoluments they have received from the 1st defendant party since the expiry of their elective term in 2020.

An order compelling the 1st and 9th defendants to organize elections for the 1st defendant party’s internal structures and special organs in line with the 1st defendant’s constitution with immediate effect.

Lastly, an order awarding costs of the suit to the plaintiff.

The defendants, according to the plaintiff, have 15 working days to file their defence against the suit. The suit against them was filed on March 11, 2024.

Attempts to get comments from some of the defendants on the suit were futile by press time.

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