CBS Employees Case Adjourned for Five Weeks

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Employees of Central Broadcasting Station (CBS) will begin to have a sense of their future in five weeks time when court decides on whether government can counter sue the employees for illegally closing the station. The CBS radio employees led by Florence Luwedde, Patrick Lubwama and Wassawa Mukasa sued government last year for closing the station. They want court to open the station involuntarily and to pay them damages of three billion shillings for loss of employment. Government through the Uganda Broadcasting Council closed CBS radio in September last year for inciting violence. During a hearing of the suit yesterday Principal State Attorney Patricia Mutesi said government intends to counter sue the employees. She said the suit is based on the claim that CBS contravened basic broadcasting standards and broke the law. CBS lawyers from Katende and Ssempebwa Advocate told High Court that government has no right to sue because it doesn't specify the people it is representing before the court. The lead council, Professor Fredrick Ssempebwa argued that the case could cause a miscarriage of justice. The presideing judge, Justice Vincent Zehurikize, said he will rule on the matter on August 20th.