The High Court in Mubende has set Friday 20 as the date to start hearing a petition
in which a former contestant for the Ntwetwe County MP seat Ronald Ssekajja is
challenging the election of Yoweri Joel Ssebikaali.
Ssebikaali was declared the winner with 13,466 votes while Ssekajja polled
High Court Judge Emmanuel Baguma set the hearing date after meeting
both parties to set the rules that will guide the handling of the case.
Ssekajja petitioned the High Court alleging that at the time of
the nomination, election and declaration as to the winner, Ssebikaali did not
possess the requisite academic qualification.
Ssekajja contends that at the nomination exercise, Ssebikaali presented a
degree certificate from Bugema University in Bachelors of Arts in social work
and social administration and a diploma in Medical Laboratory Techniques.
He also presented a letter of verification of results of Senior Six and Senior
Four from Uganda National Examinations Board – Uneb for 1995 and 1998 respectively.
Through his lawyers, Ssekajja alleges that when the documents were
scrutinized, he realized that Ssebikaali did not present certificates for
Senior 4 and 6 but merely presented letters of verification from Uneb.
He also alleges that Ssebikaali who was working as the laboratory
technician at the Ntwetwe Heath Center IV did not have the necessary academic
requirements for admission into Jinja Medical Laboratory Training School for
the Diploma course.
“…that the first respondent- Ssebikaali did not only fail the
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations but also his Uganda
Certificate of Education results did not meet or measure to the academic
requirements stipulated by the Jinja Medical Laboratory Training School for
admission nor those stipulated in the regulations and syllabus for medical
laboratory techniques course,” reads the complaint adding that the diploma is
null and void.
Ssekajja alleges that Ssebikaali failed and did not get the two principal
passes as reflected on the result slip presented for admission to Bugema University
and therefore did not possess the required academic qualification to be
nominated to contest for the position of MP.
He also accuses the Electoral Commission of illegally declaring Ssebikaali
as the winner with 13,466 votes.
Ssekajja now wants the court to declare that Ssebikaali’s
nomination by the Electoral Commission was illegal for contravening the
Constitution and the Parliamentary Elections Act.
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But Ssebikaali through his lawyers asked the court to dismiss the
petition arguing that the case is incompetent because another case with similar
facts is before the same judge in the High Court challenging the validity of
his academic papers.
He alleges that the academic qualifications are sufficient
academic requirements under the law to contest as MP.