Lands State Minister, Aidah Nantaba, says she has atlast overcome mafias who have been standing in her way.
Yesterday, Jinja High Court blocked Nantaba’s nomination for lack of academic qualifications.
This followed a petition filed by two voters; Bruhan Kasumba and Margret Nabasirye.
Nantaba is seeking the Kayunga District Woman MP seat in 2016 elections.
Court clears her
The minister says she went to Light College in Katikakamu for her O-level.
According to documents submitted by petitioners, Nantaba sat her O-level exams in 1994 as opposed to 1996 as she states.
She then attended Green Ville in Mukono for her A-level.
She said all heads of these schools were still alive and can vouch for her as well as give corresponding documents to prove she is qualified.
In 2012, Parliament Appointments Committee rejected Nantaba’s appointment as state minister for lands citing lacking academic papers but President Museveni wrote to the MPs to approve her.
In a turn of events, Judge Justice Godfrey Namundi later ruled that Nantaba be nominated for Kayunga Woman MP which she is seeking as an independent candidate.
Namundi earlier sought to prove that the papers Nantaba possessed were really hers.
Through her lawyers Asuman Nyonyintono of Wagabaza and co. advocates, Nantaba threatened to petition the Court of Appeal accusing the judge of relying on fake documents.
“How can a learned judge base on a Curriculum Vitae which was produced in court by the petitioners to make a ruling,” she wondered.
Depsite mafias, Nantaba is nominated
Nantaba said the incident was the work of mafias in government who are fighting because of her solid stance against land grabbing.
She said the mafias had even infiltrated the judiciary but that she [Nantaba] was ready to crash them to the last one.
Nantaba said one of the reasons why she left the ruling party, NRM, was confusion and mafias who have been fighting her.
She has already been nominated to run as an independent candidate having quit the ruling NRM after being defeated in the Kayunga NRM flag bearer race by Moses Karangwa, the NRM district chairperson.
She will face Ms Juliet Nalunga who is aspiring for the Kayunga Woman MP seat.
“This is my appeal to president who is the chairman of NRM. People of Kayunga at not happy, they are not pleased, they are disgruntled,” Nantaba who never misses to shed a tear or two on such occasions, said after nomination.
“We can’t continue to belong to a part full of land grabbers, thieves and mafias.”
She threatened that if Karangwa doesn’t leave Kayunga, NRM will have to be pushed out of Kayunga.