NRM’s Sematimba retains Busiro MP seat

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Peter Sematimba

Court has upheld the election of Peter Sematimba, the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] Busiro South MP who was thrown out of parliament.

Sematimba was dragged to court by Democratic Party [DP] candidate, Steven Ssekigozi.

Sematimba, through his lawyers Muganwa, Nanteza and company advocates, appealed High Court Justice Lydia Mugambe’s decision last year saying there was nothing wrong with his academic papers.

In June last year, Justice Lydia Mugambe faulted the National Council of Higher Education (NICHE) for avoiding to independently verify the authenticity and validity of Sematimba’s Diploma in Electrical and Computer Technology, said to have been obtained from the Pacific Coast Technical Institute based in the US.

The judge also ordered that NICHE pays the costs of the petition to Ssekigozi.

Victoria University

On Monday, Court of Appeal quashed the High Court ruling that earlier nullified election Sematimba over lack of academic papers.

Deputy Registrar Deo Nzeyimana, who read the ruling said judges of the appellant court dismissed Mugambe’s nullification and reinstated Sematimba as the elected legislator.

A disappointed Sekigozi told press outside court that there was proof from Uganda National Examinations Board [UNEB] showing Sematimba did not have the right qualifications for an MP.

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