JINJA.

The Electoral Commission was by last evening still studying the judgment delivered by the Jinja High Court that saw Lugazi Municipality MP Isaac Mulindwa Ssozi, being kicked out of Parliament for lack of academic papers.
On Monday this week, Jinja High Court kicked Mr Ssozi (NRM) out of Parliament for lack of academic papers.

To that effect, presiding judge Margaret Mutonyi ordered the EC to organise fresh election in the affected constituency.

Speaking to this newspaper yesterday by telephone, Mr Eric Sabiiti, one of the senior legal officers at the EC, explained that as a commission mandated to organise elections in the country, they cannot organise fresh elections in the constituency without giving the respondents (Mr Ssozi or EC) enough time to appeal the decision.

“We are still studying the judgment to see if there are any grounds for appeal or not. There were two respondents in this case including the EC, so we shall also observe the other party to see whether he is appealing or not that is when we can think of organising fresh elections as ordered by court,” Mr Sabiiti said.

While kicking out Mr Ssozi out of the House, Justice Mutonyi noted that the MP had failed to convince court that he obtained the minimum academic qualifications to enable him contest for MP seat.

Court noted that Mr Ssozi had even failed to produce the lowest academic certificate of Primary Leaving Examination (PLE).

“He used deed poll to use names appearing on academic certificates but failed to prove that he attended the schools mentioned in his certificates. He even failed to prove that he sat PLE in any school,” ruled Justice Mutonyi.
The Judge added: “ His academic transcript also had one examination year for all the three years.”

Mr Ssozi’s victory had successfully been challenged by his rival, Dr Lugudde Nabatanzi, one of the losers in the February 18 elections.
Dr Lugudde had claimed that Mr Ssozi had used academic papers of another person Hassan Mulindwa to stand for the elections, a move she said amounted to impersonation.

She also claimed that Mr Ssozi was not a Ugandan citizen as he didn’t possesses a valid Identification Card.
The kicking out of Mr Ssozi from Parliament, comes days after High Court in Kampala nullified the election of another NRM MP, Peter Sematimba of Busiro South, also for lack of academic papers.
Election laws in Uganda demand that for one to contest for MP, they must possess a minimum academic qualification of a Senior Six certificate or its equivalent.