Election Petition; Jinja High Court rejects Katuntu’s witnesses citing inconsistency
Written by David Gwenyemera on September 10, 2021
High Court in Jinja has rejected three witnesses presented by Bugweri county Member of Parliament, Abdul Katuntu for cross-examination in an election petition filed against him.
Katuntu’s challenger Julius Galisonga, a candidate of the Forum for Democratic change-FDC party petitioned the court challenging his declaration as the elected Member of Parliament for Bugweri County citing malpractices in the January 2021 general election.
Galinsoga accused Katuntu of conniving with the Electoral Commission to frustrate rightful procedures of fairness during the execution of various activities throughout the election cycle.
Galisonga’s lawyer, John Isabirye argued that much as the certificates of translation presented before the presiding judge, Susan Abinyo by Katuntu’s witnesses comprising Twaha Wampaka, Samanya Sale and Fred Bakuseka, were presided over by a translator identified as Ronald Kitandwe and signed by a reputable commissioner of oath, they had inconsistencies, which would discredit their evidence before the court.
Isabirye further stated that the same translation certificates identified the witnesses as women, yet all the three presented before court were men.
Justice Abinyo ruled to remove the witnesses’ evidence from the court record over the respondent’s failure to adhere to the rightful procedures while addressing their case before the court.