Lawyer Male Mabirizi has dragged president Museveni to court over abandoning his adopted name in October 2020 towards pervious election ‘‘Tibuhaburwa’’ while signing formal documents.
President Museveni last year swore a declaration to rectify his names and have them written in proper order in accordance with the law on the registration of names.
“I formally and absolutely renounce and abandon the use of names Yoweri Museveni, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and assume and adopt in place of those names my full name Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni,” president said in his deed poll.
However according lawyer Mabirizi, president has continued to use Yoweri Kaguta Museveni instead of the new name of Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni on all formal documents which he says is illegal.
Lawyer Mabirizi ran to the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala and urged that the “By Deed poll dated 6th October 2020, YOWERI TIBUHABURWA KAGUTA MUSEVENI formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the name YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI and declared that he shall at all times from then in all records, deeds and instruments in writing and in all occasions that require the use of his full name.
According to the lawyer, Museveni was nominated by the Electoral Commission to stand for presidency that he won under the new name, adding that it is wrong to continue carrying out state duties using the old and abandoned name Tibuhaburwa.
“On May 12, 2021, the said YOWERI TIBUHABURWA KAGUTA MUSEVENI took oath as President of Uganda for 2021-2026 term. However, subsequent documents were signed by Yoweri K. Museveni holding out as President, and not YOWERI TIBUHABURWA KAGUTA MUSEVENI, nominated and declared by the Electoral Commission,” he says.
The lawyer argues that it is illegal for the president to append signature on documents using a name he abandoned last year, adding that the person who signed the documents is not the president of Uganda.
Former FDC leader Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has also expressed his dismay at Mr. Museveni for continuously making illegal transactions.
“M7’s appointments and signed documents have been challenged in court by Lawyer Male Mabirizi! ‘‘He, rightly, says that the documents and instruments of appointment are signed in names M7 legally renounced & abandoned on 6th October 2020!’’ Besigye said.
The person “elected” and “sworn-in” is different from the one making appointments!
Wicked,” Besigye wrote on Facebook