Uganda National Examinations Board [Uneb] says it never saw or verified Busiro South legislator Peter Sematimba’s papers.
Uneb Executive Secretary, Dan Odongo, while addressing press at the body’s headquarters in Ntinda Saturday, made the revelation.
Sematimba was recently kicked out of Parliament alongside other ruling party NRM Members for lacking the required academic documents.
This followed a petition filed by Democratic Party’s Stephen Ssekigozi, who contested against Sematimba and lost.
According to Court, National Council for Higher education did not verify Sematimba’s academic papers.
While testifying in court, the National Council For Higher Education (NCHE) executive director, Prof John Asibo, said Sematimba has an Ordinary Level certificate from Kings College Buddo, a pre-medicine transcript from Asuza Pacific University and a diploma in electrical and computer technology from Pacific Coast Technical Institute, both in the United States of America.
Uneb on Saturday put the record straight saying NRM sent papers of Sembatya Edward [Katikamu South], Mulindwa Ssozi Isaac [Lugazi Municipality], Okello Charles Engola [Oyam North] and Watongola Rehema [Kamuli Municipality] who were verified henceforth.
Odongo said all those MPs thrown out of parliament had their papers verified apart from Sematimba.
“We don’t have a record of Sematimba applying for the verification of any academic documents,” Odongo told press.
Speaking on the matter recently, Electoral Commission spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, said the responsibility of verifying academic documents belongs to the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
“The court rulings that have so far thrown out six MPs don’t necessarily say something about the Electoral Commission (EC). It is not true that EC carries the blame in all the cases before court e.g. bribery is on the candidates, not EC.”
He said the Electoral Commission is ready to hold any by-election upon communication from Parliament on an empty seat.
“What do the court rulings that have so far thrown out six [13 now] 10th Parliament MPs tell us about the Electoral Commission (EC)?”