UNEB denies blame as NRM MPs lose seats over fake papers


The Uganda National Examinations Board has denied blame following the ejection of the ruling party, NRM members from parliament over lacking academic credentials.

This comes at a time courts are busy kicking Members of Parliament out of the legislative house for using false documents.

Last week, High Court in Masaka accepted to hear a petition against Bukoto South NRM MP Muhammad Muyanja Mbabaali over lacking academic qualifications.

Gertrude Nakabira, a former Lwengo District Woman MP, who also contested against Mbabaali, petitioned court challenging his nomination on account that he lacked the required academic qualifications to contest as Member of Parliament.

She alleges that the mature age entry certificate from Makerere University and an Ordinary Level certificate which Mbabaali is said to have presented to EC are not genuine documents and need to be scrutinised.

Daniel Odong, the Uneb executive secretary, told a local radio KFM that although he has not looked at the documents for the affected MPs, their board only verifies academic documents as required by the law.

He said the legal requirement is that one presents their A’ level certificate.

“UNEB is not mandated to ask whether one did Primary One or Primary Seven and from where or whether they actually went to secondary,” Odong told KFM.

Lwengo Woman MP Cissy Namujju became a casualty when she failed to prove to Masaka High Court that the academic documents she holds are really hers.

The MP for Lugazi Municipality Isaac Mulindwa Ssozi was also thrown out of Parliament also for lack minimum academic qualifications.

High Court in Kampala declared the Busiro South MP seat vacant after NRM’s Peter Ssematimba was found to be lacking the requisite academic qualifications.

The High Court in Mbale also nullified the election of Vincent Waboya of Budadiri East Constituency over lack of academic qualifications.

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