Edgar Lubadde, a candidate who came last in the Busiro County North parliamentary race asked the court to declare him the winner of the January 14 election. Lubadde who scored only 199 votes challenged the election of Nsubuga who scored 21,401 votes on the ground that he lacked the requisite academic qualifications to contest as a Member of Parliament as required by law, at the time of his nomination.
Nsubuga Paul's campain Poster.
The Busiro North MP Elect Paul Nsubuga has defended himself on
allegations of identity theft.
Edgar Lubadde, a candidate who came last in the Busiro County North
parliamentary race asked the court to declare him the winner of the January 14
election. Lubadde who scored only 199 votes challenged the election of Nsubuga who scored
21,401 votes on the ground that he lacked the requisite academic qualifications
to contest as a Member of Parliament as required by law, at the time of his
The law requires that all persons contesting for a parliamentary seat should be
in possession of an A’ ’level certificate or its equivalent. However,
Lubadde says that in the absence of the qualification, Nsubuga presented to the
Electoral Commission academic documents that did not belong to him, but another
He recalls that although he contested as Nsubuga, his real name is Peter
Mukalazi and his traceable academic journey ended at Primary Leaving
Examinations-PLE. He adds that thereafter Mukalazi fraudulently usurped a UPDF
scholarship solely meant for the sons and daughters of Army personnel. And to
achieve this, he had to change his name from Mukalazi Peter to Paul Nsubuga
and the name of his father who was never a UPDF soldier.
However, in his defence documents seen by URN, Nsubuga admits that
he was born and baptized as Mukalazi Peter and at birth, he was described as
the son of the late Mathias Kibuuka and Agnes Nabawanuka.
That he also attended Primary School Education using the name Peter Mukalazi
and even sat for PLE in the year 2002 at Bukerere St Charles Lwanga using the
However, Nsubuga states that after he had sat for PLE during the
vacation, he was informed by his mother that his true father was the late
Charles Mbabali who was a soldier in UPDF and when he was introduced to the
family of the late Mbabali, he was named Nsubuga Paul.
"Since the first respondent/Nsubuga had been given a new
name, he could not continue using the name Mukalazi Peter and had to re-sit for
Primary Leaving Examinations using the name Paul Nsubuga" reads the
affidavit in part.
Nsubuga's affidavit is supported by that of his mother
Agnes Nabawanuka who says that
in a relationship with Mbabali, a cousin brother to Kibuuka, and when she got
married to Kibuuka, she realized that had Mbabali’s pregnancy.
person responsible for the pregnancy remained a secret between her and
Mbabali to avoid conflict in her marriage.
According to Nabawanuka when Kibuuka died, she told Nsubuga who his real father is.
It adds that "Consequently, the first respondent/Nsubuga
re-sat for Primary Leaving Examinations in the year 2003 at Ssentema Catholic
Primary School using the name Nsubuga Paul vide index number 64281/035”.
The evidence before the court shows that Nsubuga was then admitted at
Nakasongora Army Secondary School -NASS in the capacity as a child of a fallen
UPDF Soldier from where he sat for UCE in the year 2007 on index number
"Based on UCE Results, the first respondent/ Nsubuga was
admitted at Mbarara Army Boarding Secondary School where he sat for Uganda
Advanced Certificate of Education -UACE examination vide index number U1941/521
in the name of Nsubuga Paul.
Nsubuga contends that Mukalazi Peter sat for PLE in 2002 at
Bukerere St Charles Lwanga on index number 28 and obtained 12 aggregates and
Nsubuga Paul sat for PLE in the year 2003 at Ssentema Catholic Primary School
on index number 65281/035 and obtained 13 aggregates is him.
"The name Nsubuga Paul appears on the first
respondent's/Nsubuga verification of Primary Leaving Examination Results
Statements, his Uganda Certificate of Education UCE from Nakasongora Army
Secondary School, his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education and his National
Identification Card from National Identification Registration Authority NIRA”,
Through his lawyers of Lukwago and Company Advocates, Nsubuga who
was recently arraigned in court and charged with stealing a mobile phone denies
the allegations of falsification of documents and wants the petition dismissed
The Electoral Commission which is listed as the second respondent
in the matter and being accused of nominating and declaring Nsubuga the
eventual winner erroneously is yet to file its defence before the matter is
fixed for hearing.