Judge Orders Mao, Lubega to Negotiate

High court judge Yasin Nyanzi has urged the two warring Democratic Party factions to seek a negotiated settlement, two years into their legal battle.

One faction, loyal to former presidential candidate Sam Lubega and Prof Joseph Mukiibi, dragged the mainstream faction to court, challenging the party’s Mbale delegates’ conference that elected Nortbert Mao as president general.

Mukiibi, the faction leader, sued three members of Mao’s mainstream faction: Rogers Fungo, Peter Kulazikulabe and Peter Damba Mukiibi. Mukiibi contends that the delegates’ conference was irregularly convened and conducted because it was not authorised by the National Executive Committee (NEC) as per the party constitution.

He also alleges that John Ssebaana Kizito, the former DP president general, and Mathias Nsubuga, the current secretary general who convened the said meeting, had been expelled on February 17, 2010, so their individual conduct could not bind the party in any way as a body corporate.

When the case came up for hearing last week, presiding judge Nyanzi told the two parties to first try mediation out of court before his court comes up with a judgment.

“Court orders the two parties to mediate within 30 days and come back to court with an outcome on April 24, 2014. You are reminded that rulings of court don’t normally leave the parties together. If the mediation succeeds, it will be the end of the matter,” Nyanzi ordered.

Source : The Observer

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