In her ruling, lady Justice Ketra Katunguuka cited inconsistencies in Nandagire’s academic papers and eventual nomination. She overturned her victory on grounds that she did not qualify for election as a member of parliament.
Bukomansimbi North MP Christine Ndiwalana, whose election was nulliffied by Masaka High Court
Lady Justice Ketra Katunguuka has overturned the
victory of Christine Nandagire
Ndiwalana as Bukomansimbi
North member of parliament.
the verdict in Masaka High court in her ruling on an election petition filed by
Nandagire’s National Resistance Movement-NRM
rival, Ruth Katushabe, the first runner
up in the four candidate’s race.
Katushabe dragged Nandagire to court for lack of the required
In her application, Katushabe argued that the Electoral
Commission nominated her rival on basing on the non-existent Uganda Advanced
Certificate of Education-UACE certificate, which she purportedly obtained in 1997 yet she never enrolled for A level.
She argued that while Nandagire
attended a Nursing and Midwifery course, she duped the Electoral Commission
with an uncertified
Advanced level certificate she claimed to have obtained from Uganda National
argued that although Nandigire attended ordinary secondary education level, her
senior one was invalid because she had failed Primary Leaving Examination-PLE
and did not qualify for admission to
She also told the court
that besides having questionable academic papers, Nandagire has variations in
the names on her academic papers,
which cast doubt on her true identity and authenticity of the qualification
Through her lawyer, Godfrey Kandeebe, Katushabe sought the court to nullify the election and declare her winner arguing that the respondent was
In her defence, Nandagire, who ran on the National Unity Platform-NUP
party ticket told the court that she presented a certificate of Nursing and
Midwifery Course from St Francis Hospital Nsambya that was dully verified as an equivalent of Advanced
level of education.
She, however, contradicted herself in one of her affidavits, saying that
she sat for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education-UACE in 1998, which she couldn’t substantiate
with certified certificates from UNEB.
The Bukomansimbi district Electoral Commission
Returning Officer, Easter
Asiimwe complicated the
matters when she told the
court that Nandigire was nominated based on minimum academic qualifications
of a Senior six certificate, which
she failed to present before the court.
In her ruling, lady
Justice Ketra Katunguuka cited inconsistencies in Nandagire’s academic papers
and eventual nomination. She overturned her
victory on grounds that she did not qualify for election as a member of parliament.
held that Nandagire lied on oaths about the details of her academic papers and
that even when given the opportunity, she failed to present certified original
copies of her alleged Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or Certificate
of Nursing and Midwifery.
The judge ruled that the much Nandagire could
present before the court was an equivalent of Senior six certificate of enrolment
into a Nursing school obtained in 1995, which
expires every after five years.
The court ruled that the Nandagire fell short on the principles of trust and credibility and ordered fresh nominations and a
by-election in the Bukomansimbi North
Nandagire who spoke to her lawyers at Masaka High
Court shortly after the ruling indicated that she was considering an appeal
arguing that the court based its decision on mere technicalities, which she says
does not make her less educated for the position of MP