The Constitutional Court has set January 19, 2021 for the hearing of the constitutional petition which was filed by city lawyer Adens Ntare seeking for orders stopping Kiiza Besigye and National Unity Platform flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine from “suffocating the political space” through running unregistered political parties under the names People’s Government and People Power.
Lawyers for both the petitioners and respondents have appeared before the Deputy Registrar Mary Babirye who has issued them with timelines in which the matter is going to be handled having been informed that all the sides are ready for the hearing of the matter before a panel of constitutional court justices.
The Registrar informed the lawyers that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, they will have to file written submissions which will be less than 10 pages in normal font size.
“The petitioner will file their submissions on December 23 and the Respondent will reply on 5th January. In case of any rejoinder, it will be filed on 8th January 2021,” she said.
Counsel Wameri Anthony who represented Hon Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and Joel Ssenyonyi insisted that court should dismiss this matter because it has been overtaken by events since the alleged Pressure group is not in existence because it was inherited by National Unity Platform (NUP).
Although lawyers from both parties appeared before the Deputy registrar Agnes Nkonge to agree on a number of issues before the matter is scheduled for hearing before a quorum of 5 judges, the Attorney General, who is Government’s legal representative and the 4th Respondent, has not sent a representative.
Ntare, in a petition filed before court, alleges that the political parties’ organisation’s Act, states that only duly registered political parties with known operational offices, regional membership and colours that do not resemble those used by government agencies are the only ones supposed to occupy the political space.
Ntare accuses Rtd Col Besigye, Bobiwine and People Power spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi for passing off People Power and People’s government as registered political parties by embarking on recruitment of members country wide, mobilizing, fronting and campaigning for candidates in the recently concluded parliamentary elections.