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FMU to negotiate with banned driversPublish Date: Dec 11, 2013
FMU to negotiate with banned drivers
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Rally driver Duncan Mubiru, whose car is pictured in a previous event, is one of the banned trio.

By Douglas Mazune          

Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) and three banned drivers have temporarily taken leave from court to pursue dialogue.

Nasser Mutebi, Duncan Mubiru and John Burrows who were controversially suspended for six years mid-season dragged FMU to court challenging the ban.

FMU secretary Reynolds Kibiri told New Vision the federation had heeded court’s advice to pursue the possibility of resolving the matter out of court.

“Even before court advised both parties to negotiate, we had had informal talks with the driver so I trust we shall resolve our differences. The executive resolved that we should talk. We are not interested in the suspension.

"We simply want them to be disciplined. Since talks are unconditional we are ready to listen to their grievances,” said Kibira.

The FMU representatives were due to meet their lawyer Mac Dosman Kabega to build internal consensus before they meet with the drivers later this week.

According to Kibira, the discussion was delayed by the drivers’ lawyer Geoffrey Nsamba who had initially wanted the ban to be lifted first.

“Since our common interest is to develop the sport, the executive also agreed to see whether the drivers’ grievances were genuine although they used a wrong forum to express them,” Kibira explained.

The drivers were banned for sabotaging the sport when criticized the track at Festino Cite and discourage fans and other competitors from attending the sprint.

Mutebi, Mubiru and Burrows argued that the suspension was wrong pleaded to court to nullify the suspension, order for their compensation and the defendant to pay legal costs.

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