Singh Katongole Appoints New Lawyers

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The embattled Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole has appointed new lawyers to represent him in an election petition in which his rival, Moses Kasibante is challenging his victory.

The embattled Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole has appointed new lawyers to represent him in an election petition in which his rival, Moses Kasibante is challenging his victory.

David Bwambale and Denis Musede of Bwambale, Musede and Company Advocates filed a notice in court showing that they will be taking over the case to its conclusion.
 
The election petition had suffered a set back when Katongole’s earlier lawyers quit the case without giving reasons. Dr. James Akampumuza and Simon Tendo quit the case on 16th August. But their notice did not give reasons for quitting; only stating they would no longer represent Katongole in the matter.

The MP on Thursday stormed out of court accusing the judge of being unfair and biased. He claimed the judge received bribes from his Moses Kasibante. Today, Katongole together with his new lawyers showed up in court respecting an order by presiding Judge Musoke Kibuuka, giving the MP a last chance to appear in court.

Justice Musoke allowed an adjournment till Monday next week to allow the new lawyers to peruse the court file in order to enable them represent their client effectively.

Musoke also gave an order that the lawyer shall peruse the files in the presence of the court clerk, who will ensure the safety of the court documents and record. In his ruling, Musoke noted that court was aware of the need for client representation, which he said was paramount even when one party behaved like a prodigal son.

David Bwambale had earlier on showed court commitment to have the case dealt with as fast as possible. He asked court for a short adjournment to allow him peruse the court file as well as get the file handled by previous lawyers from his client. Court was impressed by the interest of his new lawyer, who received instructions yesterday.

But Medad Sseggona representing the petitioner, Moses Kasibante, strongly objected to the application. He noted that Katongole was granted enough time to look for lawyers but grossly abused the opportunity. He accused the MP of abusing court by making unsubstantiated allegations and walking out of court.

The matter will return on August 29th for cross examination of Singh Katongole and two other witnesses.