Court of Appeal has nullified the election of Rehema Watongola as Kamuli Municipality MP following petition by Salam Musumba.
Watongola appealed against Jinja High court decision of Justice Geoffrey Namundi that nullified her election in June 2016, on grounds that she had no academic papers.
Justice Namundi ruled that Watongola failed to defend the validity her papers yet Busoga University whom she claims to have awarded them had disowned her.
Salamu Musumba, who stood on the FDC ticket, lost in the February 18 elections after which she petitioned court challenging Ms Watongola’s election.
Court ruled that , court there was substantial evidence indicating that Ms Watongola lacked the requisite academic qualifications to contest for MP seat.
In the petition, which was filed on March 29th 2016, Ms Musumba included the Electoral Commission, Busoga University and the National Council for Higher Education as the other respondents in the case.
Being dissatisfied with the decision, she went to the Court of Appeal maintaining that she has the papers but the trial judge did not properly evaluate the evidence on record, and arrived at a wrong conclusion.
Three Court of Appeal Justices Richard Buteera, Cheborion Barishaki and Paul Mugamba then heard the submissions of Watongola, and Salaam Musumba who supported her claim with the affidavit of Busoga University Vice Chancellor David Kibikyo.
For her nomination, Ms Watongola presented a Uganda Certificate of Education from Town Hall in Jinja, diploma and degree certificates in Public Administration and Management from the university.
However, Ms Musumba contested the validity of Watongola’s diploma and degree certificates obtained from Busoga University. Musumba’s petition referred to minutes of a December 2010, Busoga University senate meeting that resolved that a certificate used by Ms Watongola to gain admission to the institution was forged and subsequently recalled the qualifications it had awarded her.
The Chancellor stated that in June/2005 the period in which Watongola claims to have been awarded a certificate in Public Administration and Management, Busoga University had not started offering this course, and that they even went ahead to revoke Watongola’s Diploma and Degree that she had attained in the same discipline, using the forged Certificate.
Musumba also revealed that there was a criminal charge against Watongola in respect of the same document before Iganga Magistrate court, but she never appeared in court until the case was dismissed for want of Prosecution.
The parties together with their lawyers Isabirye and Company Advocates have already been served with the judgment notice.