Court Gives MP Katongole Last Chance To Appear In Court

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Justice Musoke Kibuuka has given Rubaga North MP Singh Katongole one last chance to appear in court on Friday for cross-examination.

Justice Musoke Kibuuka has given Rubaga North MP Singh Katongole one last chance to appear in court on Friday for cross-examination.

Justice Musoke ruled that he would leave the case open to give Katongole the benefit of doubt that he would be represented by a lawyer in court.

On Thursday morning, Katongole stormed out of court accusing the judge of being biased. He claimed Justice Musoke is conniving with his rival, Moses Kasibante to have the election petition ruled in favour of the petitioner. Katongole told court that some of Kasibante’s supporters are already jubilating saying that the matter is already determined in their favour.

Katongole accused Justice Musoke of receiving parcels and gifts, in brown paper bags, from the petitioner. He further claims that Kasibante has been seen twice entering Justice Kibuuka’s residence. Given all these incidents, Singh says, he is afraid he will not get justice in the petition, as long as Justice Kibuuka Musoke is still presiding over it.
 
In the afternoon, Medard Sseggona representing Kasibante told court that he was finding it difficult to cross examine Katongole because he was not in court. Two other witnesses from his camp, one Kayanja Ddumba and Kanji Mugabi were also needed for cross examination but could not be reached as it is only the MP or his lawyers who know where they are.

Sseggona had asked court to strike out Katongole’s testimony from the record as well as that of other witnesses from his camp. But Justice Musoke was quick to rule that the matter shall be left open for Katongole to present his side of the story.

He added that failure by Katongole to appear will lead to court ordering that his case closes and submissions from all parties be tendered in.

Electoral Commission on the other hand today closed its case in the matter. Through their lawyer, Enos Tumusiime, the electoral body wants to submit written submissions before court gives its verdict on the matter.

Hearing continues tomorrow.