Salaamu Musumba wins Kamuli Municipality seat election petition

Musumba potrait

Kamuli District chairperson Salaamu Musumba has won an election petition in which she ran to court seeking to annul the election of Hajati Rehema Watongola as MP of the newly created Kamuli Municipality.

Ms Hajati Rehema Watongola, who was the NRM candidate, beat Ms Musumba of FDC to the seat, polling 8,175 votes against Ms Musumba’s 6,702 votes.
However, Ms Musumba, who is also the FDC vice president for eastern Uganda, is challenging Ms Watongola’s election on grounds that she lacks the requisite academic qualifications.

The petition, which was filed on March 29, show the Electoral Commission, Busoga University and the National Council for Higher Education as the other respondents in the case.
In the petition, Ms Musumba claimed that the documents from Busoga University, which Ms Watongola used to get nominated, were obtained fraudulently.
For her nomination, Ms Watongola presented a Uganda Certificate of Education from Town Hall in Jinja, diploma and degree certificates in Public Administration and Management from the university.

However, Ms Musumba contested the validity of the qualifications. The district chairperson also referred to minutes of a December 17, 2010, senate meeting of Busoga University, which resolved that a certificate used by Ms Watongola to gain admission to the institution was fake and subsequently recalled the qualifications it had awarded her.

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