he High Court in Kampala has set 13th June as the start of hearing an election petition filed by Moses Kasibante against his rival Singh Katongole over the Rubaga North Constituency.
The High Court in Kampala has set 13th June as the date for hearing the petition challenging the election of Singh Katongole as Rubaga North Member of parliament.
Katongole was dragged to court by Moses Kasibante, who was first declared elected but his victory over turned following a controversial vote recount exercise.
Today, both Katongole and Singh appeared before Justice Kibuka Musoke. Justice Musoke set June 13th as the date for hearing the petition filed by Kasibante after the EC asked for more time to avail all necessary affidavits to court.
Earlier on Erias Lukwago, lawyer for Kasibante accused the EC of failing to avail them with all the necessary documents to allow the case to proceed. He said that despite several written reminders, Electoral Commission has failed to avail his office with the tally sheets used to declare Katongole elected.
Enos Tumusiime, the lawyer for EC promised to avail the documents to Kasibante’s legal team as son as he gets the tally sheet from his client. But Simon Tendo Kabenge, the lawyer for Katongole told court that his client was not served with the petition before court.
For several days Kasibante tried to serve Katongole’s camp without success. This led to a court ruling that allowed Kasibante to serve Katongole through the papers. Despite this, Tendo insists that his client was not served and therefore wants to ask court to dismiss the case.
In his petition, Kasibante accuses EC and Katongole to conniving with Katongole to rob him of his victory through an illegal vote recount exercise.
The disputed vote recount was conducted by Phillip Odoki, the Mengo chief magistrate in a breach of a high court order secured by Kasibante blocking the recount.