By Aloysious Kasoma
The founding leader of the National Unity Platform, a political party that Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, took over has affirmed before court that he was forced to meet the top army hierarchy over NUP.
Under cross-examination by NUP lawyer Medard Sseggona yesterday at the High Court presided over by Justice Moses Ssekaana, Kibalama said during the time he was held, he met the Chief of Defence Forces (Gen David Muhoozi).
Kibalama declined to name the other individuals who were in the meeting but said he was asked about NUP and his dealings with Kyagulanyi.
Moses Nkonge Kibalama, has been missing since he handed over the leadership to Kyagulanyi.. However, the party came under scrutiny when two of its founders – Difas Basile and Hassan Twala – petitioned the High Court saying that Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the founding president of the party, changed its name and transferred its leadership to Mr Kyagulanyi and his group without their knowledge and consent.
Controversy arose over the name and leadership of the party ensued, Mr Kibalama was reported missing by members of his family and after a few days the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) admitted that they were holding him.
Bobi Wine is jointly sued with the Electoral Commission (EC), Attorney General (AG), National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) acting president Moses Nkonge Kibalama, National Unity Platform Party (NUP) leaders David Lewis Rubongoya, Aisha Kabanda, Joel Ssenyonyi, Flavia Kalule Nabagabe, Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu and Paul Ssimbwa Kagombe.
The petitioners claim that NURP was gazetted as a political party in Uganda on December 13, 2004, and issued a certificate of registration on December 28, 2004.
They further state that in 2019, without any right and in breach of the party constitution, Mr Kibalama and the Electoral Commission illegally changed its party name to NUP and on July 14, 2020 handed over its leadership to Kyagulanyi and Kagombe.
Kyagulanyi said the army was holding Kibalama to turn him against Kyagulanyi’s planned candidature for the presidency, while the army and the police said the 59-year old was being held for his own security.
Put to task to say who the leader of NUP is, Kibalama said it is Kyagulanyi, who he affirmed had been elected by a delegates conference in Kakiri two months ago.
He said whereas he did not sell the party to Kyagulanyi as had been widely alleged, he expected some consideration.
“We had negotiated with Bobi Wine to advance us some money but by the time of finalising negotiations the other side had not honoured its promise,” Kibalama said in court.