Former members of the re-branded National Unity Platform under its founder Moses Kibalama have rushed to the Court of Appeal to challenge the recent decision by High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana to dismiss their application challenging the new ownership of the party.
The petitioners, Basile Difas and Twala Hassan have filed a notice of appeal with an intention to challenge the whole decision by the High court judge
“Take notice that the applicants in the above matter namely Basile Difas and Twala Hassan being dissatisfied with the decision of Hon Mr Justice Musa Ssekaana delivered on the 21st day of October 2020, intend to appeal against the whole decision,” Reads part of the notice.
The duo has also written to the Registrar of High court requesting him for certified copies of the case proceedings so they can file their appeal in time.
In the High Court case, Basile Difasi, Twala Hassan, had dragged to Court Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu with other Executive members of National Unity Platform and Electoral Commission accusing them of illegally changing the names and leadership.
They thus asked court to bar Hon Kyagulanyi from being nominated as Presidential flag bearer for this party
However, in his ruling delivered on by mail, Ssekana pointed out that Basile Difasi and his colleagues didn’t use proper legal procedures in challenging this move.
“They would have applied for judicial review within 3 months after the change of name of the party from NURP to NUP i.e by 6th June 2019 but instead the applicants filed this application on 24th August 2020 after over one year.
These were also faulted for having brought this application with a view of making money during the election season without any genuine grievance but rather want to be relevant and make some quick cash.