My Votes Were Given To Other Candidates--Singh Katongole

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Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole has explained to court how his accuser and political opponent, Moses Kasibante stole his votes during the February 18th elections.

Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole has explained to court how his accuser and political opponent, Moses Kasibante stole his votes during the February 18th elections.
 
Katongole told court on Wednesday that at some polling stations his votes were counted either as invalid or were given to other candidates, an anomaly which was corrected during a vote recount.
 
The embattled legislator says in Kasubi parish the tally sheets from several polling stations were falsified. He mentioned some of the polling stations as Zalwango Nursery School, Family Primary School. Katongole noted that in Zalwango, Kasibante had 97 votes against the legislator’s 145 votes but after the recount, the figures changed to 62 and 303 respectively.
 
In Family Primary School, Kasibante got 331 votes against Katongole’s 152. During the recount these numbers also changed to 290 votes for Kasibante against 350 votes for Katongole. The MP told court that he believes he could have lost over 200 votes from the two polling stations alone, adding that the practice was repeated in several other stations.
 
Katongole is defending his election victory before High Court judge, Musoke Kibuuka. Kasibante petitioned court arguing that Katongole together with the electoral commission connived to deny him victory. Kasibante was declared winner on February 18th, only for his victory to be overturned in a controversial vote recount ten days later.
 
Katongole also maintains that he was not served with any court process or document in regard to the February 28th interim order seeking to block the vote recount. The order was issued by the High Court just hours before the recount commenced at Mengo chief magistrate’s court.
 
Asked about Arthur Mugenyi, a lawyer who said he represented Katongole in court when the interim order was issued, Katongole insisted that Mugenyi is his friend but not his lawyer. He added that the lawyer could have been in court on his own but not under Katongole’s instructions.
 
The legislator’s campaign agent, James Kayanja Ddumba contradicted himself while testifying on Wednesday. In an earlier affidavit, Ddumba had told court that Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago had accused Katongole of bringing a pickup full of food, a generator and lanterns meant for the electoral commission staff, police and other people at the courtroom in Mengo. But he later contradicted himself saying that Lukwago did not say such a thing.
 
Another contradiction in Ddumba’s affidavit came when he told court that he brought 145 agents of Katongole to witness the recount but only 10 were allowed inside. Once in court, he was only able to account for 65 agents.
 
The agent further told court that the electoral commission returning officer for Rubaga, Molly Mutazindwa flagged off the recount. It is the chief magistrate who should have allowed or commissioned the recount.
 
While the agent said he was there when Katongole was declared winner, he could not tell court the exact time. He also confirmed to court that during the campaigns he had been sending spies to Kasibante’s rallies.
 
Ddumba accused Kasibante of beating up Katongole’s agents at Rain and Shine polling station.