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Constitutional Court Quashes Application Challenging UBC Board

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Justices Solome Bbosa, Remmy Kasule & Geoffrey Kiryabwire ruled this morning that the Application was incompetent since the applicants, who were present in court, denied having instructed Dr. James Akampumuza, to file the case.

The Application, number 22 of 2014, was filed by Chris Katuramu, former UBC Chairman, Emmanuel Emoru, former Corporation Secretary, and Edward Musinguzi Mugasa, who told the coram of Judges that he was “still Managing Director of UBC but on suspension”, causing laughter in court.

The Application sought to hold the AG, Minister and UBC Directors in contempt of a court order that was earlier issued staying the prosecution of Katuramu and others.

It was filed against the Attorney General, UBC (represented by Paul Kihika), Minister of Information & National Guidance Rose Namayanja, and members of the new board who included Nathan Igeme Nabeta, Richard Barungi, Sylvia Nakabugu Biraahwa, Mohammed Gulam Kabba, Mariam Menyha, Eng. Ian Kyeyune, and Simon Kaheru.

The trio of Applicants told court they were surprised to hear of the Application and that they did not know the person who had sworn an affidavit supporting it, a one Eric Tumuhairwe.

Dr. Akampumuza was not present in court, and also did not appear in a later case before the same court where he was expected to represent the same applicants in another matter against UBC and Paul Kihika.

“My Lords, there is no application before you and we pray that if there are costs awarded they should be incurred by Dr. Akampumuza and Eric Tumuhairwe since they are the ones who filed this case,” Mugasa told court.

UBC lawyer Edwin Karugire of Kiwanuka & Karugire Advocates, and Senior Principal Attorney Philip Mwaka argued that the suit was incompetent because it had been brought without instructions, and quoted various authorities.

The Court ruled that the party to bear the costs would be determined on July 31 after the Applicants, their lawyer Akampumuza, and Tumuhairwe appear before the Court to explain the circumstances of the case filing.

UBC Director Richard Barungi said the dismissal of the application was expected and that the Board would now focus on reviving the Corporation.

“We have a task before us that requires our serious attention and we are committed to turning UBC into a national broadcaster that all Ugandans can be proud of,” he said.

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