By Ivan Mwine
Moses Kibalama, the former owner of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party, which he sold to Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, is terribly sick and counting down days before he meets his creator.
Information coming in indicates that Kibalama fell ill a few days back although his illness is yet to be diagnosed by medics, since it is a strange one.
We have established that because he has no one to take care of him, Kibalama has since been abandoned at Bombo Military Hospital, where he was rushed a few days ago by some Good Samaritans.
Bobi Wine, who is the current NUP president, confirmed Kibalama’s dire health condition after visiting him on Friday together with the party Secretary General Lewis Rubongoya and the Spokesperson MP Joel Ssenyonyi.
Shortly after checking on Kibalama, Bobi Wine wrote thus on social media;
“We just returned from Bombo Military Hospital where we had gone to check on the NUP founding President, Mzee Moses Nkonge Kibalama. Mzee Kibalama has not been feeling well for the past weeks and we have been in touch with the family over his health, extending support. Last night, his condition worsened and he was taken to the military hospital.
Unfortunately, since his arrival there, he has not been attended to. The situation there is the same as in all other government hospitals!
We got to the gate and were allowed to access the barracks like all visitors. When we got to the entrance into the hospital and they realised it was us, there was panic all over.
They said they had to make consultations up to the level of CDF before we are allowed to check on a patient, yet all other visitors were freely walking in and out to see patients.
Before we even left the barracks, we watched as the soldiers who were manning the gates were all arrested.
Their seniors were asking them how on earth they failed to detect us and allow us into the middle of a barracks!
This environment of fear within the forces for doing the right thing will be eventually defeated when the people eventually win.
We shall continue to support Mzee’s family and we continue to pray that he recovers soon. #BringBackOurPeople”
Kibalama made headlines in 2019 after he came up and claimed ownership of NUP, alleging that Bobi Wine had not paid the USD5M which they had agreed that he would pay before they party ownership changed.
Bobi Wine’s leadership of the party came under scrutiny when two of its founders, Difas Basile and Hassan Twala petitioned the High Court saying that Kibalama, the founding president of the party, changed its name and transferred its leadership to Kyagulanyi and his group without their knowledge and consent.
Bobi Wine was then jointly sued with the Electoral Commission (EC), Attorney General (AG), National Unity Reconciliation and Development party (NURP) acting president 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 claimed 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 stated that in 2019, without any right and in breach of the party constitution, 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.
However, court later dismissed the matter in October 2020, after Justice Musa Ssekaana, ordered the former NURP founding President Kibalama and Secretary-general Kagombe to pay costs to NUP leader Bobi Wine and five others for unlawfully dragging them to court.
Justice Ssekaana invoked his powers to add Kibalama and Kagombe as applicants in the case having backtracked on their affidavit in evidence before the court as they failed to recover the $5 million they were promised.
The judge also held that applicants ought to have applied for judicial review within three months after the change of name of the party from NURP to NUP, that is to say by June 6, 2019 but instead filed the application on August 24, 2020 after over one year.
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