Muhoozi's Newly Formed Patriotic League of Uganda Dragged to Court


 Controversy has erupted following the rebranding of Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba's MK Movement to the Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU), with prominent lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi initiating legal action against the move. Mabirizi alleges that Gen Muhoozi failed to adhere to the appropriate procedures by not registering the movement with the Electoral Commission.

The transformation of the MK Movement into the Patriotic League of Uganda was announced during a well-attended ceremony at the movement's headquarters in Kololo on Wednesday. Michael Mawanda, the spokesperson for the movement, declared that PLU aims to promote a renewed sense of patriotism among Ugandans.

However, Lawyer Mabirizi has labeled the rebranding as "criminal" and in violation of sections 56 and 57 of the Penal Code Act. He argues that the movement should have undergone registration with the Electoral Commission, rather than the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB).

"We cannot allow that criminality to take place because registration of political organizations and activities falls within the jurisdiction of the Electoral Commission and not with URSB," Mabirizi asserted. He emphasized that the Electoral Commission has established guidelines under the Political Parties and Organizations Act, which should have been followed.

Mabirizi further threatened to file a criminal case against Mercy Kainobwisho, the Registrar General of URSB, accusing her of allowing a private company to be transformed into a political organization under her watch.

However, the PLU clarified in their declaration that they are not a political organization. "We commit to ensuring that the Patriotic League of Uganda's efforts towards reviving patriotism will remain non-partisan, non-denominational, and non-sectarian," the documents stated.

This legal dispute is not the first involving Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Mabirizi already has a pending lawsuit against him before the Soroti High Court, where he accuses the general of various misconducts, including scandalous conduct and being a common nuisance. The lawsuit alleges that Gen Muhoozi, along with other prominent figures, illegally held and addressed a public rally in Bukedea District.

As the legal battle unfolds, the fate of the Patriotic League of Uganda hangs in the balance, with questions arising about the legitimacy of its rebranding and its status as a political entity.

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