The Constitutional Court has ruled that it has no jurisdiction to hear a case when a concerned citizen was challenging the existence of the People Power Movement and Dr Kizza Besigye’s People’s Government as political organisations.
A panel of four justices; Richard Buteera, Kenneth Kakuru, Catherine Bamugemereire, and Irene Mulyagonja threw out the petition, arguing that the petitioner, Aden Rutaro Ntare, didn’t bring his grievances to the court under Article 50 of the Constitution.
“The petitioner didn’t bring his grievances to this court under Article 50 of the Constitution. Neither did he refer to it. Nonetheless, I am of the view this is a matter that would have been best disposed of under Article 50 of the Constitution and in such cases the dispute is filed in the High Court, not this court,” Justice Mulyagonja, who read the majority judgment, said.
In July 2019, Rutaro, who described himself as a voter from Ruhaama, ran to court, accusing People Power of taking part in political activities without officially being registered as a political party.
“The actions of the first and second respondent in establishing unregistered political organisations or parties under and the names and styles of People Power movement and People’s government, mobilizing political activities and membership with a view of influencing political process, sponsoring a political agenda and offering a platform to candidates for election to political offices are in contravention of Article 72(2) of the constitution,” said Rutaro in his petition.
He also asked the court to declare activities of the People Power movement and the People’s government illegal and that they should, therefore, be halted in their current form.