MPs try to throw Sematimba out of house


Troubled Busiro South MP Peter Sematimba survived being kicked out of parliament by fellow legislators on Tuesday during cabinet vetting.

Sematimba was kicked out of parliament by High Court Jusge Justice Lydia Mugambe due to lack of the required academic documents.

Mugambe said National Council  of Higher  Education failed to take due diligence to authenticate Sematimba’s diploma award from the Pacific Coast Institute in the USA before issuing him a certificate of A ‘Level equivalence  that enabled him to participate in the said election which he eventually won.

Sematimba on Tuesday filed an appeal in Uganda Court of Appeal challenging a decision by High Court that threw him out of the house.

NRM electoral commission chairman Tanga Odoi said if Sematimba got clearance from NCHE, “the NCHE that I know, he was thoroughly checked before clearance”.

“I am no lawyer but before the Court of Appeal, Sematimba will get out of it victorious.”

MPs protest his presence

Earlier, he appeared at the legislative house to attend a cabinet vetting session sparking protests from his colleagues.

Makindye East MP Allan Ssewanyana raised a point of order on the presence of Hon. Sematimba in the House.

“Hon. Speaker is it in order for Hon. Peter Sematimba to sit in this House when we all know that Court recently cancelled the results?” Ssewanyana asked.

He demanded to know why Sematimba was in the house yet court declared his seat vacant.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who presided over plenary ruled that she is awaiting official communication not newspapers before asking Hon. Sematimba to vacate.

“I don’t rely on newspapers. Court has not yet sent me any orders concerning the honourable member,” she said.

Kadaga said she hasn’t received a court order on the disqualification of Hon. Sematimba.

Kadaga even allowed Sematimba to contribute on a motion by government to increase the number of ministers.

Sematimba said a big cabinet would enable government achieve its goals of taking Uganda to a middle income status by 2020.

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