The High Court has ordered fresh parliamentary elections in Bukomansimbi North Constituency after ruling that current MP Christine Nandagire Ndiwalana does not have the requisite academic qualifications for the seat.
Justice Ketra Katunguuka of Masaka High Court on Tuesday ruled that Nandagire, who was elected on the National Unity Platform ticket, had inconsistencies in her academic papers and eventual nomination.
Court held that Nandagire lied on oaths about the details of her academic papers and that even when given the opportunity, she failed to present certified original copies of her alleged Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or Certificate of Nursing and Midwifery.
The judge ruled that the much Nandagire could present before the court was an equivalent of Senior six certificate of enrolment into a Nursing school obtained in 1995, which expires every after five years.
The court ruled that Nandagire fell short on the principles of trust and credibility and ordered fresh nominations and a by-election in the Bukomansimbi North constituency.
The election petition had been filed by NRM’s Ruth Katushabe. In her application, Katushabe argued that the Electoral Commission nominated her rival basing on the non-existent Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education-UACE certificate, which she purportedly obtained in 1997 yet she never enrolled for A level.
She argued that while Nandagire attended a Nursing and Midwifery course, she duped the Electoral Commission with an uncertified Advanced level certificate she claimed to have obtained from Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB.