A man claiming to be the designer of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party logo has sent a demand notice of Shs 3 billion with a two weeks ultimatum for the ruling party to clear the debt.
In a letter to the party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni which is also copied to the secretary-general, Justine Kasule Lumumba, the artist, John Agira Ruhanga, through Sociis Path Advocates, he contends that his genius and ingenuity conceived and birthed the NRM party symbol and logo concept that constitutes of the bus, the bible, the thumbs up, the morning dawn breeze sunrise, the green vegetation and blue streams.
He contends that the logo has been an effective tool of mobilization of support for the NRM, and the propagation of ideology of patriotism, social-economic transformation, democracy and Pan Africanism.
“By reason of the symbol, the NRM party is solid and unshakable. The party has won five general elections resoundingly and is destined to triumph again in the 2021 general elections using the symbol,” Ruhanga’s letter reads in part.
He further stated that since conceiving, originating and innovating the concept of the logo, their client has never received payment which he is duly entitled to in his party as the innovator.
“His Excellency the president promised him help and assistance but he has always been blocked from accessing him. The only benefit our client received was to be made a member of the NRM delegates from Kiruhura district,” the lawyers wrote.
Due to such frustration, Ruhanga contends that he has suffered economic distress despite his invaluable contribution to the NRM party for which he wants to be compensated with Shs 3 billion.
The party has been using the logo since 2005 when it was officially registered as a political party.
But addressing journalists in Kampala on Sunday, the NRM deputy secretary-general, Richard Todwong said that the party has not yet received a formal complaint from Ruhanga.
“Maybe he went to the wrong address of the party headquarters, he should first come to their office and discuss if he was officially contracted to design the logo,” Todwong said.
But the NRM Spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa says the NRM logo has been used in several elections and he wonders why the petitioner is coming up now.
According to Mulindwa, the party will discuss with their legal department and see how they can be advised if there’s a genuine complaint or else they are suspicious about the allegations.