The High court in Kampala has dismissed with costs a case in which NURP members had challenged the legality of their party registration and change of name.
In his judgement, justice Musa Ssekaana ruled that the National Unity Platform (NUP) is a legally registered political party in Uganda having changed its name and leadership from National Unity Reconcilation and development party in June last year.
The ruling means has been a thigh of relief for all the candidates that were nominated on the NUP ticket to contest in the 2021 general elections.
Justice Ssekaana has also noted that the plaintiffs; Basile Difasi and Twaha Hassan filed the case out of the stipulated timeframe of 3 months within which an aggrieved party can ask court to review a decision .
He observed that filling this case a year after NUP had been registered was clear that former NURP leaders had no genuine grievance but a scheme to seek relevance and make some quick cash in this election season.
Justice Ssekaana has further ordered Difasi , Twaha Hassan, the former NURP president Moses Kibalama, and secretary General Paul Ssimbwa Kagombe whom he joined on the case as applicants having back tracked on thier affidavits before court ; to pay costs to NUP, its president Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert and other administrators for unlawfully dragging them to court.
In conclusion, the judge ruled that he could not listen to litigants who access court through windows instead of using the main door.