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Drama In Court as MP Pleads to Be Cross Examined from Chambers

There was drama at the High Court in Fort Portal this afternoon when the Member of Parliament representing Fort Portal, Steven Kaliba wanted to be cross examined from the magistrate's chambers.
Kaliba together with Kabarole NRM Chairperson Godfrey Nyakahuma pleaded with the Grade One Magistrate, Alex Mushabe to be cross examined over a case they filed against four Life F.M panelists whom they accused of defamation and inciting violence.
Kaliba claims that the panelists Joram Bitamanya, Prosper Busingye, Gerald Kankya and Steven Rwagweri while on a political talk show on Life F.M in 2007, said that Kaliba and Nyakahuma took part in the destruction of the radio's transmitter at Oruha hill in Kyenjojo district.
Kaliba also claims that the panelists urged residents of fort portal to rise against him and Nyakahuma because of the allegations.
At 2.00p.m when Kaliba and Nyakahuma entered the court room, they were stunned to find the court room packed to capacity.
They immediately went to Mushabe and pleaded with him to be cross examined from his chambers.
However the panelists and their lawyer, Johnson Musana protested the move and confronted Mushabe in his chambers.
Business at the court premises came to a standstill as on lookers stormed the chambers to witness what was taking place.
After an hour of arguments, Mushabe ordered Kaliba and Nyakahuma to be cross examined from the court room, to the excitement of the people who had turned up at the court.
In October 2007, the transmitter of Life F.M was burnt with acid by unknown people.
The radio was famous for its political talk shows which were critical of Toro Kingdom and the NRM government.

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