The 16-year old marriage of Norbert Mao, the president general of Opposition Democratic Party (DP), and his wife, Naomi Acheng Odongo was on Friday formally dissolved by the Family Division of the High Court.
Odongo in 2017 filed for divorce citing acts of cruelty from her husband which she said had forced their marriage to break down irreversibly and asked the court to officially divorce them.
In response, Mao too admitted both lovers who had got married in August 2003 could no longer stay together.
The marriage between Mr Mao and his wife Ms Naomi Achieng Odongo was dissolved by Justice Godfrey Namundi on May 27, for having irretrievably broken down and that there was no hope of redeeming it.
“A decree Nisi is hereby entered dissolving the marriage between the petitioner (Naomi) and the respondent (Mao),” Justice Namundi ruled.
“Looking at the facts of this case in totality and evidence of the petitioner (Naomi Odongo), it is evident that the marriage is irretrievably broken down. It’s accordingly a foregone conclusion that both parties want a divorce and their marriage cannot be redeemed,” Justice Namundi ruled.
The judge ordered Mao to relinquish their piece of land measuring one acre located in Gulu town at the senior quarters.
Mao has also been ordered to live at their house on plot 58 Valley Drive Ntinda Minister Village for a period of only three years. Thereafter, the petitioner and respondent shall transfer their interests to the children of the marriage namely Nicholas and Nathan [aged 19 and 14 years respectively]who will jointly own it