Singh Katongole's Lawyers Quit Case

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Lawyers representing controversial Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole, have quit his election petition, which is still before High Court in Kampala.

Lawyers representing controversial Rubaga North MP, Singh Marwaha Katongole, have quit his election petition, which is still before High Court in Kampala.
 
James Akampumuza and Simon Tendo Kabenge however did not give clear reasons for quitting the case in which Katongole’s victory is challenged by former journalist, Moses Kasibante.

Today Court was ready to continue hearing the election petition only for Singh to show up without lawyers. Asked to explain why his lawyers were not in court, the MP expressed surprise saying that he was not aware of the move by his lawyers.

In a letter dated 15th August and signed by Simon Tendo, the lawyers inform the civil registry that they have withdrawn from the case. The letter goes on to state that all court processes should be served directly to their former client, Singh Katongole. They further ask court to grant him ten days to look for representation.

Justice Musoke Kibuuka, however, granted Katongole only seven days within which to look for new legal representation. The judge explained that time was of the essence in the case, saying such a delay would lead to hearing the matter on weekends. Justice Musoke noted that the petition should have been concluded by August 29th.

Kasibante’s lawyers, Chrisestom Katumba and Abdallah Kiwanuka said they received the communication by the lawyers in the morning, when the hearing was expected to go on.

Moses Kasibante dragged Katongole to court citing bribery and connivance of electoral commission to robe him of his victory. Kasibante is also contesting a vote recount conducted by Mengo Magistrates court that overturned his earlier victory. He wants court to declare him winner based on the earlier EC announcement.