The 2020/21 election season seems to harness all sorts of court petitions in what seems like a scramble for the piece of the pie. The latest on the table is a man claiming to be the designer of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party logo and is demanding a whooping Shs3 billion as compensation.
John Ruhanga who claims to be the NRM logo designer says that his genius and ingenuity were the brains behind the logo that constitutes the bus, the bible, and thumbs up, the morning dawn breeze sunrise, the green vegetation, and blue streams.
Through his lawyers of Sociis Path Advocates, he has addressed a letter to the NRM chairperson Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the secretary-general Justine Lumumba Kasule, saying that failure to pay the 3 billion within two weeks will force him to institute legal action.
He adds that the said symbol has been an effective tool of mobilization and support for the NRM party and the propagation of the ideology of patriotism, social-economic transformation, democracy, and Pan-Africanism.
Ruhanga’s lawyers further state that since NRM embraced the logo, their client has never received the payment which he’s 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 petition stated.
Due to such frustration, Ruhanga contends that he suffered economic distress despite his invaluable contribution to the NRM party.
However, the party claims a formal complaint from Ruhanga has not yet been received. Addressing journalists yesterday, the NRM deputy Secretary General Richard Todwong said such a complaint has not been received and that the party is hearing about Ruhanga’s grievance in rumors.
NRM spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa says the NRM logo has been used in a number of elections and wonders why the petitioner is coming up now. Mulindwa emphasizes that the party will discuss a way forward with their legal department and see how they can be advised.