Mao’s leadership has filed a suite before the High Court Civil Division against Rajab Senkubuge and his faction, Democratic Party Uganda. In his application through his lawyers, Semuyaba, Iga and Company Advocates, Mao wants court to quash Justice Bashaija’s decision that paved way for the said elections.
Nobert Mao the President General of Democratic Party
The Democratic Party-DP leadership under
Norbert Mao has run to court to challenge a recent order that paved way for the
election of a parallel National Executive Committee.
On March 9th 2020, DP members opposed to Mao’s
leadership led by Rajab Ssenkubuge secured an order from the head of the Civil
Division of High Court Justice Dr. Andrew Bashaija to convene a National
Council. The meeting was convened on March 13, 2020 to allegedly fill up the
vacant positions of National Executive Committee Chairperson, Secretary
General, National Treasurer and Vice Chairperson for the Women’s League for
smooth running of the party activities.
During the meeting, Wakiso
District LC V Chairperson, Matia Lwanga Bwanika was elected National
Chairperson DP Chairperson, Busiro East MP; Medard Lubega Sseggona was elected Secretary
General, Mary Babirye Kabanda, National Treasurer, Patrick Katuramu deputy
National Treasurer, Racheal Kagoya, Deputy Women’s leader and Alex Kiwanuka as
Busoga Region representative.
However, Mao’s leadership has filed a suite before the High
Court Civil Division against Rajab Senkubuge and
his faction, Democratic Party Uganda. In
his application through his lawyers, Semuyaba, Iga and Company Advocates, Mao wants
court to quash Justice Bashaija’s decision that paved way for the said
He says the respondents led by their lawyer; Samuel Muyizzi
had no instructions from the Original Democratic Party, a corporate body to
enter any consent on behalf of the party, whose leadership they are opposed
too. He says the said consent that was entered by
the said faction on March 9th, 2020 was obtained fraudulently
through collusion and misrepresentation contrary to the court policy because
the material facts of the application were based on an illegality.
Mao contends that on
April 8th, 2019, Ssenkubuge applied for
judicial review prerogatives against Democratic Party Uganda, a nonexistent
entity. He explains that the then DP Organising Secretary in Charge of Supervision and Coordination, Sulaiman Kidandala swore an affidavit opposing the
reliefs sought by Ssenkubuge. He says they were particularly opposed to the application
because Ssenkubuge’s actions were not sanctioned
by NEC, which is vested with powers to direct the National Council and other DP
Administrative Organs to take such decisions.
Mao says that the DP he
leads learnt about the said order via social media and news reports, adding
that they have since lodged a similar complaint with Electoral Commission. He notes that the court order arising from Ssenkubuge’s
application doesn’t bind DP and should thus be reviewed and set aside.
Court is yet to summon the respondents to file their defense to the suit.