The season that hit the ruling party National Resistance Movement legislators seems to nearing its end; one of them at last survived being kicked out of parliament.
Justice Michael Elubu on Monday dismissed a petition challenging the election of Aisha Ssekindi, the Kalungu Woman Member of Parliament for alleged voter bribery and lack of academic qualifications.
Ssekindi was sued by her rival Nuluyati Waliggo of the Democratic Party, alleging she had forged academic papers which she presented for her nomination.
Through her lawyer, Tebusweke Mayinja, Waliggo also accused Ssekindi, who was the NRM flag bearer in the February 18 parliamentary election, of bribing voters.
At the start of June, Masaka High Court summoned Prof John Opuda-Asubo, the executive director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), to testify in Ssekindi’s case.
In her testimony, Waliggo also told court that Ssekindi did not have a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education paper and used false Ordinary Level and Primary Leaving Examinations certificates.
Ssekindi denied the said Grade Three Teachers Certificate from Kabukunge College and insisted her certificate was acquired from Kibuli Primary Teachers’ College.
In his ruling on Monday, Justice Elubu said the petitioner failed to produce substantial evidence pin her rival for lack of the requisite academic qualifications and voter bribery.
On the mismatch of Aisha Ssekindi’s name, Elubu said Waligo failed to present the head-teacher of Kyato primary School in Kalungu district, where the respondent claimed to have sat her Primary Leaving Examinations.
Justice Elubu then dismissed the case hence with making Ssekindi the lucky NRM legislator to survive when seven of her colleagues including; Lawrence Akugizibwe, the Member of Parliament for Mwenge North constituency in Kyenjojo district, Bwino Kyakulaga, the NRM Kigulu North MP, Iganga Municipality MP Peter Mugema, Lillian Nakate, the Budadiri East seat, MP for Lugazi Municipality Isaac Mulindwa Ssozi and Busiro South MP seat vacant after NRM’s Peter Ssematimba, who have been kicked out of the house.