MP Katongole Insists Interim Order Was Issued Without His Notice

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Embattled Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole on Monday told court that the interim order sought by his rival Moses Kasibante halting the election recount was issued without him being notified.

Embattled Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole on Monday told court that the interim order sought by his rival Moses Kasibante halting the election recount was issued without him being notified.
 
Testifying in the local Luganda dialect, Katongole told court presided over by Justice Musoke Kibuuka that he was only called and informed of the recount by Asa Mugenyi, whom he referred to as a friend. But court later discovered that Mugenyi was actually the legislator’s lawyer. The MP had earlier asked court to get him a Punjabi translator, claiming that he understood neither English nor Luganda.
 
Katongole is defending his controversial victory in the Rubaga North parliamentary elections. The electoral commission had first declared former journalist, Moses Kasibante the winner but the victory was over turned in the recount, which went on despite court ruling that it was unconstitutional. Kasibante dragged Katongole and the EC to court arguing that he had been robbed of victory.
 
The Rubaga North MP says Mugenyi called him and told him there was a court proceeding at the High Court with his name before Justice Vincent Zehurikize. He told court that he asked Mugenyi to notify him of what it was all about but he never instructed him to represent him in court.
 
Kasibante’s lawyer, Medard Ssegona during cross examination asked Katongole why he did not report Mugenyi to any authority to protest misrepresentation.
 
In his affidavit Singh complains that results from 134 polling stations were declared out of 141. However, he could not mention any polling station and the number of voters from some of them. He maintains some of the declaration forms were forged or erased but he could not get the originals from the electoral commission to compare.
 
He caused mummers in court when asked if he remembered the time when he was declared winner. Singh said he couldn’t tell whether it was after 6:00pm or before 6:00 am but the security lights were on at the time. He added that he was too busy monitoring votes he could not remember to check the time.
 
Hearing of the case continues tomorrow.