Basalirwa first asked Namujju to give a brief background of education starting with primary. He asked her to tell court when she sat her Primary Leaving Examination and how she performed in each of the four subjects. In her response, Namujju told court she sat PLE in 1996 and obtained 30 points. She however, said she couldnt remember the scores of each of the subjects.
MP Cissy Namujju who is fighting to save her Lwengo seat.
Masaka High court was a scene of drama this afternoon during the cross examination of Cissy Namujju, the embattled Lwengo woman Member of Parliament in an election petition challenging her academic qualifications. Namujju was dragged to court by Martin Kizito Sserwanga, a resident of Bunga in Kampala for lack of the requisite academic qualifications to be a member of parliament.
He accuses Namujju of using forged academic certificates for her nomination. He contends that while the legislator is called Cissy Namujju, her Ordinary and advanced level certificates identify her as Cissy Namuju Dionizia and her birth certificate has Namujju Busaba. Today, Namujju appeared before Justice Margaret Tibulya for cross examination by Kizito's lawyer Asuman Basalirwa.
Basalirwa first asked Namujju to give a brief background of education starting with primary. He asked her to tell court when she sat her Primary Leaving Examination and how she performed in each of the four subjects. In her response, Namujju told court she sat PLE in 1996 and obtained 30 points. She however, said she couldn't remember the scores of each of the subjects.
This prompted Basalirwa to ask Namujju selected questions from primary. He asked Namujju to define pollination, explain the difference between a Noun and Verb, and tell court who discovered the source of River Nile. He also asked her to explain crop-rotation, what a map is and mulching.
Namujju failed to answer any of the questions, saying she couldn't remember because she attended primary school long ago. Basalirwa also asked Namujju to tell court her score in Uganda Certificate of Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education exams in vain. She only told court she got a subsidiary pass in Fine Art.
Basalirwa also asked her why documents on the Deed poll were commissioned by a one Katuusi who is unknown in the legal profession. In her response, Namujju said she couldn't tell whether Katuusi is genuine or not. Basalirwa asked Namujju for the address of Katuuusi but she said he is found on Kampala Road.
The lawyer also mocked the legislator who answered most of the questions in broken English, wondering how a person who can't speak fluent English can be in parliament. Namujju's lawyer Geoffrey Kandeebe raised objections to some of the questions put to his client.
He also attempted to block Basalirwa from handing Namujju a document detailing accredited tertiary institutions in Uganda, saying it was wrong for Basalirwa to ambush his client but was overruled by Justice Tibulya. By the time of filing this story, court had adjourned briefly. It is expected to resume with the cross examination of Anne Ahebwa, the Lwengo district Registrar.