US court dismiss case against UNAA executives

Tuesday August 13 2019

Judge Howe also threw out an appeal filed by Mr

Judge Howe also threw out an appeal filed by Mr Musoke on July 24 seeking for a delay of the court proceedings 

By EPHRAIM KASOZI

A United States Court dismissed with costs the court case which California based lawyer, Joseph Ssennoga Musoke, brought against Uganda North American Association (UNAA) in March 2015.

Judge Janice W. Howe in late July delivered the ruling and advised UNAA’s lawyer Galen Hair to file a case for recovery of legal costs incurred from the complainants who in addition to Mr Musoke include Mr Andrew Lakoich Abe of Houston, Texas and others.

According to a statement, the ruling that ended a five year case was delivered in the absence of Mr Musoke who was listed in court documents, as one of the petitioners, a witness, and an attorney for the case as well as his locally based attorney Mr Godfrey Kazibwe Zziwa who is the proprietor of the Law Office of Godfrey K. Zziwa located in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Judge Howe also threw out an appeal filed by Mr Musoke on July 24 seeking for a delay of the court proceedings.

While delivering her verdict, Judge Howe castigated Mr Musoke for his failure to appear in court on several occasions and filing motion after another in a clear attempt to unnecessarily prolong the case including the refiling motions that the court had previously denied throughout the entirety of the case.

In a statement signed by former UNAA president, Mr Brian M. Kwesiga, he says the case was an egregious abuse of the court system by Mr Musoke, who came across as pursuing a relentless and personal vendetta against the respondents named in the case.

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In March 2015, Mr Musoke of Oakland, California and Mr Andrew Abe of Houston, Texas sued UNAA and its then Executive Committee members claiming that they were in violation of the UNAA Constitution by refusing to grant them a request for a Special Meeting of UNAA Members.

In the 2013 UNAA Dallas elections, Mr Musoke came in third place in his bid for the UNAA Presidency while Mr Abe had lost his bid for a seat on the UNAA Council. Kwesiga won those elections.

UNAA through its lawyer Mr Galen Hair presented evidence to the court showing that the then UNAA Executive Secretary, Mrs. Aisha Ogwang had on Nov 4th 2014 responded to Mr Musoke informing him that he did not have the required minimum number of signatories of UNAA members as per articles 3.3.1 and 4.2 of the UNAA Constitution to petition the UNAA Executive Committee to call a Special Meeting.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com

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