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Court Dismisses Case Against Busiro North MP Paul Nsubuga :: Uganda Radionetwork

Court Dismisses Case Against Busiro North MP Paul Nsubuga

Lady Justice Dr Nabisinde dismissed Lubadde's petition on grounds that there was not sufficient evidence to support the allegations and that the little that was availed was quoted out of context.
24 Sep 2021 15:09
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The High Court in Kampala has dismissed with costs an election petition that was filed against Busiro North MP Paul Nsubuga of the National Unity Platform.

Lady Justice Dr Winifred Nabisinde dismissed the petition filed by Edgar Lubadde.

Lubadde a Democratic Party-DP Candidate who came last in the race after scoring  199 votes challenged the election of Nsubuga who obtained  21,401 votes, on grounds that he lacked the requisite academic qualifications to contest as a Member of Parliament as required by law, at the time of his nomination.

The law requires that all persons contesting for a parliamentary seat should have an A level certificate or its equivalent. However, Lubadde had argued that in the absence of the qualification, Nsubuga presented to the Electoral Commission academic documents that did not belong to him, but another person.

He told the court that although he contested as Nsubuga, his real name is Peter Mukalazi, and his traceable academic journey ended at Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE. Through his lawyers Christopher Kajwara and Ezra Nyalwa he added that thereafter, Mukalazi fraudulently usurped a UPDF scholarship solely meant for the sons and daughters of army personnel and to achieve this, he reportedly had to change his name from Mukalazi Peter to Paul Nsubuga, and the name of his father Mathias Kibuuka who was never a UPDF soldier to Charles Mbabaali.

But during the hearing, the Electoral Commission through its lawyers led by Hamidu Lugoloobi and Chrysostom Katumba asked the court to dismiss the case. They presented witnesses including the Wakiso Returning Officer, teachers and old students with whom Nsubuga studied to prove that he had the minimum academic qualifications to be a legislator.

They also presented Nsubuga's mother Agnes Nabawanuka who told the court that he was legally married to Mathias Kibuuka but after a misunderstanding, she had an affair with Kibuuka's brother Charles Mbabaali with whom they sired Nsubuga. 

The court heard also that although Nsubuga was baptized as Mukalazi Peter when Kibuuka died the mother took him to his real biological father Mbabaali and he was given the new name Paul Nsubuga. As such, he had to re-sit primary leaving Examinations even though he had previously obtained the first grade. But he had to re-sit to align his documents.

However, in her decision, Lady Justice Dr Nabisinde dismissed Lubadde's petition on grounds that there was not sufficient evidence to support the allegations and that the little that was availed was quoted out of context.

Court heard that Lubadde submitted two books of prominent Baganda writers that are written in the local language and the books indicated various circumstances under which one can be given a name outside the clan he belongs to. The Judge also noted that the same books also do not put restrictions on how parents can name their children.

The Judge thus held that the submissions of the petitioner were shallow and he went on a fishing expedition by bringing in issues of paternity in an election petition.

Nabisinde further explained that whereas Lubadde's lawyers had stated that after Nsubuga had changed his name he did not go for baptism again, she said she wasn't aware of any law providing that one has to undergo baptism for the second time.

According to Nabisinde, in the absence of a DNA, the evidence of the mother was sufficient enough to prove that he was a biological son of Charles Mbabaali a fallen soldier and accordingly, he was entitled to benefit from the scholarship for the children of the militants and therefore his academic qualifications were never obtained fraudulently.

Justice Nabisinde also said that although Lubadde had indicated that there was another person who owned the papers in question, he never brought him before the court and merely attached a photograph saying it's for a living person who didn't even swear an affidavit to support the case.

Nabisinde ruled that Nsubuga was duly elected, returned, declared and gazetted as the winner of the polls after obtaining the highest number of votes in compliance with the laws and principles governing elections in Uganda.

She has noted that Paul Nsubuga who sat PLE in 2003 at Sentema Catholic Primary School is the same person who sat for the A'level at Nakasongola Army Secondary School in 2007 and A'level at Mbarara Army Boarding Secondary School in 2009.

Nabisinde’s ruling was read by the Civil Division Assistant Registrar Agnes Alum on behalf of the Judge.

Nsubuga has said it's now time to work for the people adding that the case had occupied his time. //Cue in:  Cue out. Lubadde said he will discuss with his lawyers for next course of action.

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