Moses Kibalama not dead but in critical condition, says NUP


Moses Nkonge Kibalama battling for life at Bombo Military Hospital (PHOTO /File)

KAMPALA —The National Unity Platform (NUP) has dismissed reports party founder, Mr Moses Nkonge Kibalama the man who handed over the party to former Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has died.

NUP Spokesperson Joel Senyonyi said Kibalama was still admitted and in critical condition but alive

“Please disregard the rumors circulating that Mzee Moses Nkonge Kibalama is dead. He’s in critical condition, but he’s alive. Let’s keep him in prayer.” he said.

Kibalama was recently admitted at Bombo Military Hospital, where he was rushed with unknown illness.

Bobi Wine, who is the current NUP president, recently said Kibalama’s health condition was worrying after visiting him together with the party Secretary General Lewis Rubongoya and the Spokesperson MP Joel Ssenyonyi.

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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