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In his defense, Nsubuga indeed confirmed to the court that he first sat PLE under the name of Peter Mukalazi at St. Charles Lwanga Primary School Bukerere. He, however, says that he was forced to drop the name when his mother, Agnes Nabawanuka revealed to him that Charles Mbabaali was his biological father and not Mathias Kibuuka as was earlier believed.
02 Sep 2021 11:57
Busiro North MP Paul Nsubuga.

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Lady Justice Dr Winfred Nabisinde has ordered the warring parties in the Busiro North parliamentary election petition to file written submission, saying that she will deliver judgement on notice. 

The Busiro North legislator, Paul Nsubuga is struggling to defend his victory following a petition by his rival, Edgar Lubadde on grounds that he lacks the requisite academic qualifications for election as a Member of parliament.

According to Lubadde, the papers Nsubuga presented for his nominations belong to another person since his real name is Peter Mukalazi and not Paul Nsubuga as he claims. He contends that Mukalazi’s academic journey ended at Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE. 

He claimed that Mukalazi fraudulently acquired a UPDF scholarship solely meant for the sons and daughters of army personnel and reportedly took on the name of Peter Mukalazi to achieve his objective. He also alleged that the accused’s father was Mathias Kibuuka who was never a UPDF soldier. 

In his defense, Nsubuga indeed confirmed to the court that he first sat PLE under the name of Peter Mukalazi at St. Charles Lwanga Primary School Bukerere. He, however, says that he was forced to drop the name when his mother, Agnes Nabawanuka revealed to him that Charles Mbabaali was his biological father and not Mathias Kibuuka as was earlier believed.

 

According to Nsubuga, Mbabaali’s family compelled him to resit PLE so that his academic documents can reflect his new name Paul Nsubuga, which he did at Ssentema Catholic School in Kakiri. He explained that he used the name at O' level and Advanced Level of Education and is therefore qualified to stand for election as member of parliament.

To prove his case, Nsubuga presented Richard Mutungi, the headteacher of Ssentema Catholic School to collaborate his claim. The headteacher told the court that the legislator approached him for a confirmation letter to show that he was their pupil, which he issued him.

Nsubuga also presented Moses Kiddu and Odadi Turyashaba who confirmed that they studied together primary and O-level and they knew him as Paul Nsubuga.  Wakiso District Returning Officer, Tolbert Musinguzi, who came as the fourth witness, said that as far they are concerned Nsubuga presented his A 'level certificate for nomination and was therefore qualified for election as a Member of parliament. 

Nsubuga's mother Agnes Nabawanuka confirmed to the court that the late Charles Mbabaali, who died in 1995 was the biological father to the legislator. She admitted to cheating on her husband Mathias Kibuuka with Mbabaali, which resulted in the birth of Nsubuga.

She, however, says that remained silent about the matter until Kibuuka passed on before opening up to her son. After listening to all the witnesses, Lady Justice Dr Winfred Nabisinde directed the parties to file written submissions by September 13th 2021 to enable her to write the Judgement within a week's time, saying she will deliver her verdict on notice.

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