Yunus Ntale, a witness in the election petition for the Rubaga North seat, has said Moses Kasibante and his lawyer Erias Lukwago witnessed the vote recount. Appearing before the chief magistrates’ court at Mengo on Wednesday, Ntale said Kasibante lied when he stated that he was not in court when an order for the vote recount was granted.
Kasibante told court on Monday that he and Lukwago were not at the court when the votes were recounted. He also said they were not in court when the Chief Magistrate, Philip Odoki, ordered for a recount of the votes on February 28. Yunus Ntale, a journalist at the Buganda kingdom CBS radio station is Kasibante’s witness.
He said the order was granted shortly after Odoki over- ruled an application by Kasibante seeking to block an order for a re-count where Lukwago represented him as his lawyer.
Ntale said this during a cross-examination by Simon Kabenge, the lawyer representing Singh Katongole.
Kabenge’s questions to Ntale provoked Kasibante’s lawyer, Medard Ssegona, on some occasions to ask the trial judge, Vincent Kibuuka-Musoke, to protect the witness, saying the defense counsel was influencing the responses.
Musoke advised Kabenge to desist from asking questions that produced the answers he wanted. “Don’t tell the witness to tell you what you want,” said the judge.
Ntale denied allegations by Kasibante that Odoki locked himself in the chambers for the whole day and blocked him and Lukwago from accessing him the day he gave an order for the vote recount.