Justice Musa Ssekaana, the Deputy Head, Civil Division of the High Court, has delivered the ruling on the case questioning the legality of the National Unity Platform party.
Two people, Difas Basile and Hassan Twala sued NUP, seeking the deregistration of the party following its change of name and ownership.
Documents produced in court showed that National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP), was on December 28, 2004 gazetted as a political party in Uganda and issued a certificate of registration.
The petitioners claim that as founders of NURP, their consent and participation, necessary to amend the party constitution and elect new office bearers was not gotten thus making the entire process illegal.
Justice Musa Ssekaana earlier today threw out the application stating, “This court declines to entertain the application seeing as it was not brought under any known procedure and secondly it was made to avoid the time limit of three months within which an application for judicial review should have been brought. The judicial review guidelines or rules equally provide for locus standi and this would have been the threshold before the applicants would seek to challenge actions of a party. It is an abuse of court process.”
The petitioners have therefore been ordered by Court to pay costs accordingly.