EC given two weeks to pay Kasibante legal costs

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Posted  Saturday, May 17   2014 at  01:00

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The costs arose from the 2011 election petition that saw the election of Mr Kasibante as Rubaga North MP overturned after Mr Singh secured an order for a vote recount.

Kampala- The High Court in Kampala has given the Electoral Commission (EC) two weeks (up to May 30) to pay Shs60 million of legal costs to Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante.

The EC lawyer, Mr Tom Magezi, appeared in court on Wednesday to explain why the electoral body had not paid Shs60.8 million awarded to Mr Kasibante after he defeated former Rubaga North MP Singh Katongole in the election petition.

The Deputy Registrar of the High Court, Ms Irene Akankwasa, on May 7, summoned the EC and Mr Singh to explain why they had not paid Mr Kasibante his combined costs of Shs121 million.

Mr Magezi said the electoral body was ready to pay Mr Kasibante the 50 per cent (about Shs60.8 million) of the costs but blamed Mr Kasibante for delaying to give them his bank details.

Mr Magezi also represented Mr Singh in court who said Mr Singh had paid his 50 per cent liability of the costs (about Shs60.8 million) to Mr Kasibante.

Mr Kasibante’s lawyer Chrysostom Katumba confirmed to court that Mr Singh had given them cheques worth Shs50 million to clear up his liability.

He asked court to order for attachment of the EC property such as vehicles to recover the remaining 50 per cent of the costs.

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