A supporter of Presidential hopeful, Amama Mbabazi, has moved to secure a court order blocking the swearing-in of the new party leadership, effectively drawing lines of a potentially explosive and protracted legal battle with the ruling political organization.
Hurt and disappointed by the manner in which he was humiliated and toppled by the NRM delegates’ conference last year, Mbabazi has been hinting on contesting for the highest political seat in the land.
On Monday, Mr Benjamin Alipanga asked court to bar NRM from inaugurating Secretary General Justine Lumumba, her deputy Richard Todwong and Treasurer Rosemary Namayanja.
Alipanga said his earlier petition challenging the election of the NRM top leadership had higher chances of succeeding.
He wants NRM to wait for the judgment on his main suit before swearing in the party leaders.
The NRM National Executive Committee (NEC) will on January 8 sit to consider Museveni’s nominations of new leaders.
It will be on the same day when court will be resuming business after a festive season holiday.
This implies the application could be overtaken by events.
The NRM deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said the party will proceed with the business of considering its new leadership.
Mbabazi maintains he is still the Secretary General of NRM.
His lawyer Severino Twinobusingye was recently quoted as saying Mbabazi was “elected for a specific term of office whose expiry, unless and until that term expires the new changes do not affect him because the Constitution bar retrospective application of law.”