Presidential aspirant and leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi says that the case challenging the legality of his leadership of the party as well as the change of name from National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) to NUP was a successful move by the state to disorganize their preparation for the 2021 general elections.
Addressing party supporters after the High Court in Kampala dismissed the case with costs, Kyagulanyi described the court suit as a “bogus” case.
“It was brought to cut our speed, vulgarize us, and intended to antagonise us. They [state] achieved what they intended to achieve because we lost more than 50 candidates who were not sure that the legality of our party will be upheld,” Kyagulanyi said.
He said that much as the candidates he did not name went ahead and got nominated as independents, they have remained in contact with the NUP leadership.
He hailed the court ruling which he said is testimony that declaration of election results from next year’s presidential elections can be made in his favour.
Kyagulanyi spoke after Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Sseggona who was one the lawyers that represented NUP in the case, had told the gathering the suit had intimidated several candidates out of the party.
“This case was crafted to intimidate our supporters and particularly the contestants because they feared getting nominated under a party that they were told was going to be declared non-existent. Quite a number pulled out, others shelved our flag because they thought the party could be no more,” Sseggona said.
Shortly after, Kyagulanyi and a number of party executives set off for a scheduled meeting with the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter Mayiga at Bulange, Mengo near Kampala.
But police, military police and LDUs were on hand to disperse the procession with teargas and live bullets as they approached Wandegeya.
At Makerere University main gate, the security personnel tried to drag Kyagulanyi out of his car resulting in a scuffle with his bodyguards before other supporters joined in to protect their leader.