Singh Thrown Out Of Parliament, Kasibante Reinstated
Rubaga North MP Singh Katongole has Thursday been thrown out of Parliament, Chimpreports.com reveals.
Court of Appeal judges led by Constance Byamugisha unanimously ruled that Katongole filed an appeal challenging the reinstatement of Moses Kasibante as Rubaga North MP out of the legally prescribed time.
In a ruling read by the Court registrar Erias Kisawuzi, judges said Katongole was the legally elected Member of Parliament for Rubaga North since Katongole never filed the Memorandum of Appeal within the stipulated seven days.
The judges also expressed shock that Katongole never gave explanation for the delay in filing necessary documents.
In February last year, Kasibante was declared winner of the 2011 elections for Rubaga North, defeating his arch rival Katongole with a big margin.
Katongole rushed to Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court where he obtained a recount order.
In response, Kasibante sought instructions from High Court blocking the recount.
Amusingly, the Mengo Chief Magistrate defied orders from a higher court thus giving a green light to a recount.
Kampala Returning Officer Polly Mutazindwa subsequently declared Katongole winner after the recount which was held under tight security.
Kasibante then returned to the High Court which trashed the outcome of the recount, saying the exercise was conducted illegally and in a weird manner.
Kampala High Court Judge Kibuuka Musoke then declared Kasibante the legitimate winner of the seat.
Katongole consequently took the matter to the Court of Appeal which has now kicked him out of Parliament.
Court has further directed that Katongole meets the cost of the application.
Today’s ruling sparked wide celebrations among Kasibante’s supporters in and outside court.
Speaking to Chimpreports.com outside court, Kasibante promised to fight corruption in government.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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