Anger boiled among Busiro South electorate on Monday after Court of Appeal upheld the election of Peter Sematimba, the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] Busiro South MP.
Sematimba was dragged to court by Democratic Party [DP] candidate, Steven Sekigozi and was consequently thrown out of parliament by High Court Justice Lydia Mugambe over lack of 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.
However, 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.
“Today, I feel pity for all Ugandans taking their children to school when someone can go to Nasser and forge documents. In Uganda’s court, everything is possible.”
Sekigozi said he expected to win the case but that someone without academic documents has won.
“This is just the beginning. I want to let people of Busiro South that we have just started, let’s wait for 2021.”
In a furious frenzy, Busiro voters lashed out at President Yoweri Museveni for allegedly thinking Uganda is his private property.
“Sematimba did not go to school. He just learnt English from America. That doesn’t qualify him as a member of parliament,” an angry woman seethed with rage.
She told President Museveni to lock himself up in a room and review the points that took him to the bush to fight against past regimes.
“You are playing on our minds. You think you created Uganda. You have turned us into snakes. You have impoverished us all because we don’t support NRM,” the woman raged on.
She cited the harassment of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, former FDC president, Kizza Besigye, and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.
“Leave power, stop making yourself God,” she told the president.