Bobi, Besigye dragged to court

Monday July 29 2019


Defence. Dr Besigye and Mr Kyagulanyi at a recent function. COURTESY PHOTO 

By Daily Monitor

A concerned citizen has sued Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, and former FDC president Kizza Besigye for heading what he calls unregistered political organisations.

Mr Adens Rutaro Ntare, in his petition filed before the Constitutional Court on Friday, accuses Bobi Wine of running a self-styled political organisation with three names of ‘People Power Movement’, ‘People Power-Uganda’ and ‘People Power’, which he uses interchangeably and that he has gone ahead to even appoint regional coordinators which is a reserve of duly registered political parties. This, he says, is in contravention of Article 72 (2) of the Constitution.

The petitioner accuses Dr Besigye of establishing, running and mobilising political activities with national structures under ‘People’s Government’, which he says is a reserve of only registered political parties and that this is in contravention of the provisions of the Constitution.

Attorney General involved
The Attorney General, who is the chief legal adviser of government, has also been jointly sued on grounds that he has failed to halt such ‘unlawful activities’. The spokesperson of the People Power Movement, Mr Joel Ssenyonyi, has equally been sued over similar accusations.
“A declaration that the actions of the 1st respondent (Mr Ssenyonyi) and 2nd respondent (Bobi Wine) under their unregistered political organisation/party of People Power Movement used interchangeably, appointing regional coordinators is in contravention of Article 72 (2) of the Constitution,” reads in part petition.

“Your petitioner states that the omissions of the 4th respondent (AG) through the established structures of the Executive in failing to halt the activities of both unlawful organisations of People Power Movement and Peoples’ government, is an abdication of his constitutional mandate therefore, is in contravention of Article 119 (4) of the Constitution,” the petitioner further states.

The filing of the petition came a day after Bobi Wine unveiled his regional coordinators to mobilise for his 2021 presidential bid.