22 NRM aspirants face arrest over fake papers


Dr Tanga Odoi speaking to the press at NRM Head office in Kyadondo

The NRM Electoral Commission has received at least 26 petitions against aspiring seeking to contest in the upcoming party primaries and 2016 elections.
The party, which is currently receiving nomination forms from aspirants from all over the country, says twenty two petitions cite alleged fake academic papers.

The four are about public servants who picked nominations before resigning their offices.

Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairperson, says his Commission is planning regional meetings to hear from those petitioned against.
Dr. Odoi says genuine petitions will be handled at the party level by either stopping the accused aspiring candidates from continuing with campaigns or allowing them to continue.

He says those found with forged papers will be handed over to the police.

Last month, Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) rejected a move by the ruling National Resistance Movement party to verify academic certificates of party aspirants.

Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB Executive Secretary says nobody is mandated to verify or check the certificate of another without the express permission of court.

Earlier on, NRM asked all aspirants vying for election as party candidates to pay Shs 540,000 on top of the nomination fees for verifying their academic certificates.

Odoi said this would help the party eliminate aspirants without the mandatory education qualifications.

According to the constitution, those vying for election as President, Member of Parliament, LC 5 Chairperson, City and Municipal mayor must have completed senior six or its equivalent.

Mid-July this year, National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) cleared Sembabule district woman MP, Anifa Kawooya, to pick nomination forms to run in the NRM primaries.

Kawooya had issues with her academic transcripts after it was alleged that Kawooya’s admission and subsequent award of a degree by Nkumba University was founded on at least two invalid academic certificates.


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