The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Katikamu South Constituency MP-elect Edward Ssembatya has been thrown out of Parliament following a successful election petition filed by his rival in the February 18 elections, Alfred Muwanga.
Court also ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to organize fresh elections after
Ssembatya’s election was annulled on grounds that he did not have proper academic papers to contest for Katikamu South constituency seat.
Muwanga lost to Ssembatya in the recently concluded elections but ran to court to challenge his victory on grounds that he did not have a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examination, the minimum academic requirement for one to contest for MP.
The presiding Judge Isabirye Kaweesa, Tuesday ruled that there were discrepancies in the names of Ssembatya that appeared on several of his academic papers that he presented for nomination of his election to the EC.
These academic papers were used as evidence in court by his rival.
Ssembatya is one of the four newly elected NRM legislators to be kicked out of Parliament on Tuesday just days after they swore in.
Jinja East Municipality MP Igeme Nabeta was not ejected today as earlier reported. Judgement in the case where FDC’s Paul Mwiru accuses Nabeta of vote rigging is scheduled for July 13, 2016.