The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) did not thoroughly verify academic papers of the party members of parliament when they were being nominated to hold the party flag in the February 18 elections, party electoral commission chairman Tanga Odoi has said.
According to Odoi, it’s not the work of NRM secretariat or his office that is supposed to verify MPs academic papers.
“It is Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) which verifies academic papers,” said a vividly furious Odoi in a televised interview on NTV Uganda on Monday.
When asked whether he was bribed during nomination of the MPs who have been thrown out of parliament by court, Odoi said NRM pays him enough salary and therefore cannot engage in ‘unorthodox’ means of survival.
About 11 newly elected NRM legislators have been thrown out of the House over different reasons including lack of requisite academic papers, election fraud among others.
This attracted criticism against Tanga Odoi from a section of the NRM members, notable among them being the minister for justice and constitutional affairs Kahinda Otafiire who lost the Ruhindi county seat in the recent elections and the senior presidential advisor on media, motor mouth Tamale Mirundi.
The party Deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo however said recently that all those who were thrown out of parliament have since appealed their respective cases.