The Kabula County Member of Parliament Joseph Kakooza ha been warned against not honouring summons after he refused to appear before Lyantonde Grade One Magistrates court.
In February this year, the MP was dragged to court Rhadi Kamulumba, a councillor representing Kooki ward to Lyantonde Town council for assault, which he allegedly committed during the 2016 National Resistance Movement-NRM party primary elections.
But, court presided over by Abdullah Khaiza, the Lyantonde Grade One Magistrate on Tuesday castigated Kakooza for continuously failing to honour summons issued to him.
The MP’s lawyer Ausi Zimunenya Kibuule, of Mayanja, Nakibuule and Company Advocates attended on his behalf but the magistrate declined to take their submission, ruling that Kakooza should first appear before court.
Counsel Kibuule told court that his client was ill and could not appear in court. But, the presiding magistrate did not accept his submission, saying that MP is intentionally skipping court. Khaiza in his ruling, warned Kakooza that court will be forced to issue a warrant of arrest if he fails to show up on May 14th.
This is the second time Kakooza has failed to appear in court to answer charges.