Kisekka Traders Storm CPS

The petition by a one Benjamin Alipanga seeking a temporary injunction halting the ascending to power of the newly-appointed NRM Secretary General, sale treasurer and their deputies until his main application is disposed of by court has failed, the Constitutional Court ruled Thursday.

“I have carefully considered the submissions of both sides plus evidence brought to me,” said the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma as he prepared to give his judgement.

“The conditions for granting injunction are that there must be prima facie case that is capable of succeeding,” he noted.

“The burden is on applicant to show his application will succeed. These are matters to be dealt with at trial of main petition,” added the judge.

Kavuma said court must be well furnished with evidence that there is a serious issue, a condition the petitioner did not full.

“I am not satisfied there will be losses suffered when I don’t grant the injunction. Nothing will change when I grant the injunction,” he added.

“I am left with no doubt that the balance of convenience weighs in favour of the respondents.”

However, Kavuma noted that, “considering the law and evidence, it is not wrong to say the application has some issues to be interpreted by court.”


The ruling is a big blow to Mbabazi to halt the NRM leadership from ascending to power.

On Wednesday, Alipanga’s lawyers led by John Mary Mugisha, Friday Kagoro, Fred Muwema, Michael Akampurira and Severino Twinobusingye asked court to block the new NRM leadership  from assuming their duties until the determination of the main application which seeks court to permanently reverse all the party’s constitutional amendments of the December 15 Delegates conference.

The lawyers further told court that there is need for a temporary injunction stopping the implementation of the NRM Parliamentary caucus resolution that urged the current party chairman to contest as a sole candidate for the ruling party during the forthcoming 2016 general elections as well as restraining popularizing of the sole candidature.

“Going ahead with the said amendments infringes on the constitution thereby depriving the applicant the right to be heard by the court in the main application. Article 71 of the Political Organizations Act emphasizes observing internal democracy within which was not the case while amending the party constitution,” explained Mugisha.

The petitioner's lawyers vowed to appeal the ruling
The petitioner’s lawyers vowed to appeal the ruling

“There was no promotion of competition when they ring-fenced the position of president and resolved to implement the sole candidature in the 2016 general elections. They only aimed at closing out Amama Mbabazi in doing this.”

Mugisha further noted that the evidence of banners, posters and other adverts intended to popularize the Kyankwanzi sole candidature are in contravention of the constitution adding that appointing the Secretary General, Treasurer and their deputies instead of being elected is a contravention of Article 71 of the Political Organizations Act which he added would breed impunity and anarchy.

“We are not dealing with implementation of the NRM Constitution but rather matters of national importance as it relates to governance of the country,” Muwema noted.

However, in their defence, the ruling NRM party lawyers led by Kiwanuka Kiryowa, Martin Mwambusya, Enock Barata and Ahmed Kalule explained that the NRM Parliamentary caucus appointed a select committee that made its report, presented it and debated it before being adopted on December 15 whose part of the amendments have since been effected by the party.

“It has been acted upon contrary to what Alipanga says .On the issue of electing members, the  constitution does not say all members must be elected but only those on the ruling organ of the party to which the Secretary General is not,” explained Barata.

Pro-Mbabazi youth protesting outside court premises
Pro-Mbabazi youth protesting outside court premises

“The Kyankwanzi resolution was passed in February 2014 but why should Alipanga wait for almost a year later to petition this court? What has gone wrong now that he didn’t see right at the start a year ago? The actions being complained of were done by relevant organs of the party whose members number in millions not the one person who wants this reversed.”

According to the ruling NRM party lawyers, Alipanga wants to freeze activity of the heart of the NRM administrative unit which they said is unacceptable.

Martin Mwambutsya who represented the Attorney General asked court to dismiss the case because there’s no merit in it as all grounds of application are for enforcement under Article 50 of the constitution.

He said resolutions should be taken to the High Court for Judicial Review not for constitutional interpretation.

Lawyers speak out

Mbabazi’s lawyers led by John Mary Mugisha said they have instructions to apply for appeal so that the ruling can be reversed or discharged.

Applying under rule 55 of the court, the petitioners’ lawyers said they can informally apply when dissatisfied and sought an “expeditious action in this request.”

NRM lawyers said they were satisfied with the ruling and that they would be available any time to hear the main constitutional petition which they said would permanently resolves the saga.

According to one of the petitioners’ lawyers, Fred Muwema, “the case was not about stopping the swearing-in ceremony of the appointed NRM members but challenging implementation of the December 25 resolutions and therefore there is no big deal in the inauguration.”


Meanwhile, immediately after the court session, pro-Mbabazi youth stormed the premises with placards displayed in favour of the former prime minister.

According to the youth, they were not contented with the ruling of the deputy Chief Justice, saying it was unfair to the former.

“The outcome of the ruling has been manipulated by top NRM officials who sat in Entebbe in the morning as one of their tricks to kick out Mbabazi but all this is unfair to the former Secretary General,” noted one of the coordinators of the  Pro-Mbabazi youth group, Habib Mboowa.
Traders formerly operating at demolished Kisekka Market have today stormed the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala blaming police of sidelining with the market leaders in order to frustrate justice.

The angry traders were seen within the corridors of CPS demanding for a fair hearing from the officers in charge of their case.

“We have been here since yesterday demanding for justice; we were called to record our statements but we have been tossed here and there without being worked upon, order ” noted Jimmy Kiwalabye one Kiseka Market vendor.

Kiwalabye said the issues began when the market was demolished for renovation and reconstruction when most of the traders had traveled during the festive season.

“It was agreed upon in the meetings we held with our leaders and then landlords that the demolition would begin on December 31st giving ample time to the traders to evacuate their property but unfortunately, more about it was done Dec 22nd and 23rd.”

“This caused loss of our goods and other property since it was done when most of the traders were away for the festive season.”

“We are here to inquire about the whereabouts of the goods which were taken from our stalls during the demolition but police seem to be siding with the management of Kiseka market in order to steal our property, drugs ” said another market vendor, Paul Kibirige.

Kiseka market management spokesperson, Simon Lubwama declined to give any comment about the allegations.

On the other hand, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango has rubbished the allegation of denying the vendors a fair hearing.

“The traders must first of all understand that there is already a major case against the demolition of the market going on in Courts of Law,” Onyango noted in an interview.

He added, “However, police have already opened a file in their case and so far over 30 statements have been recorded from different traders.”

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