MP Kawooya to lose seat over fake academic papers


Hanifa Kawooya

National Council for Higher Education has revoked Sembabule Woman MP, Anifa Kawooya’s her academic qualification after ascertaining that her papers are fake.

The New Vision quotes a letter dated June 30, 2015, in which NCHE executive director, Prof. Opuda- Asibo, said the certificate of formal completion of ‘A’ Level or its equivalent that was awarded to Kawooya does not apply in pursuit of her political aspirations.

“The purpose of this letter therefore is to communicate Council’s decision on this matter and request you to return the certificate issued to you on December8, 2015 to our secretariat at your earliest convenience,” reads the letter.

It is said in 2005, Kawooya requested the NCHE to issue her a certificate of equivalence to enable her stand for woman MP in Sembabule District subject to verification with the Knights Bridge University UK as well as UNEB for the O’ Level Certificate, which qualifications she used to obtain admission into other institutions and Nkumba University.

However in 2010, the NRM electoral commission requested the NCHE to investigate the qualifications after allegations of forgery.

The leading daily also quotes another letter by NRM EC chairperson Felistus Magomu, which alleges that Kawooya’s admission and subsequent award of the degree by Nkumba University was founded on at least two invalid academic certificates.

Magomu said information showed that Kawooya was not qualified for admission to ‘A’ level since she was awarded the “U” unclassified grade at O’ Level.

In a letter to the Speaker of parliament dated July 10, KNT advocates, on behalf of Joy Kabatsi said investigations were also carried out in UK and it was found that Knights Bridge University was none existent.

In September the NCHE wrote to Nkumba University and demanded that Kawooya’s certificate be withdrawn.

Kabatsi’s lawyers requested the Speaker of Parliament to throw out Kawooya saying she was illegally in Parliament.

NRM party EC chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi, says they will meet the MP and decide her fate.


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