MP Achon wins fake papers case

Former parliamentary candidate Paul Omara (1)

Paul Omara who petitioned and lost

Lira High Court has this afternoon dismissed with costs an election petition lodged by former parliamentary candidate Paul Omara against Julius Achon Bua over lack of required academic qualification and noncompliance of the law by the electoral commission.

In his verdict, the presiding Judge Wilson Musene Masalu said he carefully studied and analysed all pleadings and submissions by all the parties and found that MP Julius Achon Bua possesses the minimum academic qualification and that the electoral commission complied with all the electoral laws thus the latter was validly elected as the Member of Parliament for Otuke County.

The learned Judge Musene Masalu says it was incumbent upon the petitioner to prove to the satisfaction of the court that Achon Julius was involved in fraud and forged the academic papers he used to contest for parliamentary seat and that court cannot rely and accept rumours without cogent evidence adduced before her.

He added that court was satisfied and impress with the evidence and submissions presented before court by witness of truth that proved that Achon studied and has requisite qualifications.

The judge faulted the petitioner Mr Paul Omara in his submissions before court that he was working on allegations making him unqualified to equate the papers of Julius Achon save for the work of National council for higher education and Uganda National examination board has legally mandated by the law.

According to court, National council and UNEB ascertained that Achon holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in communication from Phoenix University and a diploma from certificate from Southern University and George Mission University all in US.

Musene added that the National council for higher education executive director Prof John Asibu Okuda evidence through the certificate of equivalent he gave to Achon was substantial to prove that the latter was qualified.

On whether noncompliance of the law substantially affected the law, Justice Masalu ascertained that the court order issued by Lira high court restraining Achon from being nominated as NRM flag bearer the judge does not guarantee setting aside election and that there was no proof being nominated as NRM polled for him 11409 against Omara Paul who contested as independent with 5599.

The petition was dismissed with costs.

Speaking to the press the Petitioner Paul Omara says he disagrees with the judgment because it is surprising that the judge threw away their evidence and that he will consider an appeal.

Counsel Quirinous Oyugi Onono who represented Achon Julius welcomed the judgment saying the truth as set his client Achon free.

Omara Paul was represented by councel Makmot Kibwanga who told the insider that the judgment was not fair.

MP Achon is the first NRM MP to win a court case this year in a petition challenging academic papers.

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