The minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde, now faces a lawsuit after NRM members petitioned the ruling party over her “fake” academic papers.
The petitioners are; Sulaiman Kitenda, Joseph Kalema and Mukiibi Haruna Nasser, according to a petition first published by a blogger imbaraga.com, say Amelia doesn’t have the required academic documents.
Amelia is running for NRM flag bearer in the Mawokota North Member of Parliament race.
“It is in our clients’ knowledge that the above aspirant does not possess an “A” level certificate,” the trio’s lawyers, Richard Mwebembezi solicitors and advocates, write in their petition to NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi.
They further argue that there is no evidence that Amelia’s purported certificate was verified.
They say from the conclusion, Amelia doesn’t qualify to be an aspirant and or a candidate for the said elections yet she has already put posters everywhere in the constituency ready to commence campaigns.
The petitioners asked Tanga to give them verified copies of Amelia’s academic papers.
“In case the above is not done, we shall have no alternative but to resort to the court process…”
They reminded the party of the legal costs ahead if it lets the process takes a court angle.
The petition is also copied to party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni, and secretary general, Kasule Lumumba.
Amelia’s questionable education back ground
Official records say Amelia was born in June 1955, to the late Serwano K. Kulubya and Mary Kafureka, in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom.
She relocated to Uganda, in 1959, at the age of four years.
She attended Gayaza Primary School in Wakiso District for her elementary education, Gulu Sacred Heart High School in Gulu District for her secondary education and Aga Khan School of Secretarial Studies in Nairobi, Kenya, for her post-secondary education.
Amelia Kyambadde holds the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest institution of tertiary education, founded in 1922.
She also holds the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA), from the American InterContinental University in London, United Kingdom.
It doesn’t not indicate where Amelia attended High School to be able to attain an Advanced Level Certificate.
It is not clear whether her secretarial certificate obtained from Kenya is equivalent to an “A” level certificate.
She has never taken it for verification with Uganda National Council of Higher Education [NCHE], according to petitioners, but has been “manipulating the system to contest in previous elections”.
Amelia “threatens vengeance”
We also got unverified reports saying the minister has now resorted to intimidating the petitioners.
She allegedly dispatched her body guard a one Isaac and her political assistant a one Kabuye to the Kamengo home of Kitenda, the chief petitioner, and reportedly “threatened” to deal with him unless he withdraws the petition.
In Tanga’s bad books
Unfortunately, for Amelia, her records in Tanga’s books are not that rosy.
The two recently clashed when Amelia tried to blackmail Tanga in order to side-line her opponent, Grace Kansiime.
Voters on the ground tell us Kansiime has been busy doing what Amelia should have done as an area MP.
She has been meeting women groups, contributing to religious projects and helping here and there in this and that way.
Tanga refused to nullify Kansiime and now Amelia’s academic papers come into question-you can tell the frustration, a constituent pointed out.
While Tanga dives into Amelia’s academic credentials, it should be remembered that the NRM cadre has sipped at juicy government honey with these papers said to be below required standards.
She started working in the Ugandan Civil Service in 1979, at the age of twenty-four (24).
She rose to the rank of Principal Private Secretary (PPS) of the President of Uganda.
In 2010, she voluntarily resigned as the President’s PPS, to contest the parliamentary seat of “Mawokota County North”, Mpigi District.
During the Uganda national elections of 2011, she won her parliamentary contest and is now the incumbent MP for that constituency.
On 27 March 2011, she was appointed Minister for Trade & Industry.
She replaced Kahinda Otafiire, who was appointed Minister for Justice.