October 20, 2021

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Bukomansimbi North MP Dr Ndiwalana thrown out

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The High Court in Masaka has thrown out Bukomansimbi North MP Dr Christine Ndiwalana for forging academic papers.

Court Tuesday ordered the electoral commission to organize a by-election in the area.

This follows a petition filed by Ruth Katushabe, a runner-up in the January poll.

Presiding judge Ketra Katunguka said Ndiwalana was invalidly nominated to contest and yet she lacked the minimum academic qualification of Senior Six or its equivalent.

Ndiwalana’s lawyers Medard Lubega Ssegonna and Ssekanjako Abubakar told court that the MP had a certificate acquired from St Francis Nsambya Nursing School, which she used as an equivalent for A-Level to be nominated.

However, Katushabe’s lawyers led by Geoffrey Ntambirweki Kandebe argued that the certificate had since expired having been issued to her on April 29, 1998 and it could only run for five years.

The judge agreed with them, saying an expired document is, therefore, invalid since the document she presented at her nomination had expired in April 2003.

“I have also looked at the said document (certificate of completion) which is not an academic qualification neither was signed, stamped nor sealed,” ruled the judge.

“The certificate has to be owned by the issuing body by either a stamp, signature or a seal and since this did not have these features it makes it questionable even when it was not expired,” she said.

Katushabe told press she was ready to contest again and thanked God for fighting for her victory.

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