The Constitutional Court is set to deliver on notice a ruling in the case in which some NRM MPs petitioned court challenging the declaration of President Yoweri Museveni as the sole candidate, by the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC).
Upon conclusion of the hearing of this matter on Tuesday evening, the panel of five justices promised to inform both as soon as they are done with writing and comparing their judgements.
The judges are Justices Aliphonse Owiny-Dollo (Deputy Chief Justice), Kenneth Kakuru, Egonda Ntende, Cehborion Burishaki and Christopher Madrama.
The petitioners include Hon Theodre Ssekikuubo (Lwemiyaga county), Hon Monicah Amoding (Kumi Woman MP), Hon John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya county), Hon Patrick Nsamba (Kasanda North), Hon Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Kasambya county) , Hon Samuel Lyomoki (Workers) , Hon Sylivia Akello (Woman MP Otuke) , Hon Susan Amero (Amuria) Hon James Acidiri (Maracha) and Hon Moses Bildad Adome (Jie county)
In their submissions, the legislators through their lawyer Hon Medard Ssegona asked court to declare the action of NRM’s CEC as null and void as it contravenes the constitution.
Ssegona told court yesterday that one of his clients Hon Sam Lyomoki had even written to CEC to be approved to stand and contest for the post of President on NRM ticket, but was surprised to hear that the position had been ring-fenced for the president.
In response however, Counsel Kiryowa Kiwanuka representing the NRM said the NRM National Executive Committee (NEC), which is the final organ of the party has not yet pronounced itself on the matter, and that Lyomoki still has a chance to convince members or seek clarifications from CEC.
“The Party has an internal mechanism that helps it in nomination of candidates. Chances are still there for him to prove that he is a good candidate,” he said.
Kiryowa further said that the CEC decision to make Museveni the sole candidate can still be subjected to amendments when a new committee comes, as committees are changed regularly.
He therefore asked for the petition to be dismissed.