Kitagwenda MP Hon. Abbas Agaba has blamed the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) and Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) for Busiro South MP Peter Sematimba’s problems.
Agaba says NRM has won some petitions but those don’t make as much news as those they have lost.
For the case of Sematimba who was kicked out of the house for lack of papers, Agaba puts the entire blame on Uneb an NCHE.
“The law only mandates Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) and National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) to verify papers,” he said.
Agaba said that was why NRM Electoral Commission (EC) sent all candidates to UNEB and NCHE.
“Peter Sematimba studied in the US at an institution that has since closed. That is what is on record.”
Peter Sematimba went to school but the technical problem was in verification, a job that belongs to National Council of Higher Education (NCHE), Agaba insisted.
However, on satuday, Uneb said Sematimba didn’t present any papers for verification and in all verified candidates for the 2016 general elections the name Sematimba doesn’t appear anywhere in UNEB system.
“We have no record of the candidate applying to UNEB for verification of any academic documents issued by UNEB for the purpose of 2016 elections” Dan Odondo, the Uneb executive secretary told press.
In the same queue Kamuli Municipality floored legislator Hajjat Wetongola Rahma only presented valid Uganda Certificate of Education [UCE] papers which where verified by still she has S.6 documents or the equivalent which rubbers stamps the court decision to throw him out of Parliament.
However, candidates Ssembatya E Ndawula [Katikamu south], Okello Charles Engola [Oyam North] also presented O’level documents which were verified.
The 10th Parliament has 13 MPs, including eleven NRM MPs following court rulings.
A number of them lost over lack of requisite academic.