Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has rejected a move by the ruling National Resistance Movement party to verify academic certificates of party aspirants.
Early this month, NRM asked all aspirants vying for election as party candidates to pay Shillings 540,000 on top of the nomination fees for verifying their academic certificates.
The NRM party Electoral Commission chairman Tanga Odoi said this would help the party eliminate aspirants without the requisite education qualifications.
According to the constitution, those vying for election as President, Member of Parliament, LC 5 Chairperson, City and Municipal mayor must have completed senior six or its equivalent.
However, Uganda National Examinations Board has rejected a move by the NRM Electoral Commission to verify the academic certificates on behalf of aspirants.
Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB Executive Secretary says nobody is mandated to verify or check the certificate of another without the express permission of court.
Mid-July this year, National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) cleared Sembabule district woman MP, Anifa Kawooya, to pick nomination forms to run in the NRM primaries.
Kawooya had issues with her academic transcripts and the chairman of the NRM electoral commission, Dr. Tanga Odoi, had promised to summon her to discuss her academic qualifications before she could seek to get nominated.
Odoi told journalists that he had received a letter from KNT Advocates, who acted on behalf of Joy Kabatsi, requesting that Kawooya be barred from the on-going process because she had no required qualifications for Member of Parliament.
In 2005, Kawooya requested the NCHE to issue her a certificate of equivalence to enable her stand for woman MP in Sembabule District subject to verification with the Knights Bridge University UK as well as UNEB for the O’ Level Certificate, which qualifications she used to obtain admission into other institutions and Nkumba University.
It was alleged that Kawooya’s admission and subsequent award of the degree by Nkumba University was founded on at least two invalid academic certificates.
NCHE later cleared her saying her qualifications were fine.
With Kawooya’s scenario in the mix, NRM said it would contact Uneb to examine academic documents of all aspirants before they could engage in primaries.
However, Uneb has rejected the call.