High Court in Kampala has Wednesday dismissed an application challenging the leadership of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) President, Olara Otunnu.
Justice Steven Musota dismissed the application referring to the UPC constitution which states that “once the term of office expires, and the president is still in office without holding elections, he is expected to conduct polls before handing over”.
At the moment, there is no way UPC party organs can meet and hold elections following an injunction secured by members led by former party national chairman, Edward Rurangaranga, which froze party activities.
Maj Rurangaranga says he will only consider withdrawing the injunction when Otunnu and his followers commit to meaningful talks.
Otunnu’s term of office expired on March 4, but since he still occupies office, his appointees are still lawful.
Justice Musota saw no reason for stopping people delegated by Otunnu from representing the UPC as demanded by petitioners.
MPs Betty Amongi, the Oyama South, and Kole county’s Fred Ebil, petitioned the Civil division of High Court, seeking to halt UPC party activities under Otunnu after the expiry of his term.
They demanded that court grants the UPC parliamentary caucus powers to handle party activities.
In his ruling, Justice Musota refused to UPC parliamentary caucus powers because the party has already issued a road map for grassroots elections scheduled for June 12.
The justice proposed an outside court settlement.