Jackeline Birungi, the first petitioner in the case
challenging the victory of Idah Erios Nantaba as Kayunga Woman Member parliament found a hard time defending
accusations against her rival for using forged academic qualifications.
petition, Birungi, who ran as an independent accused Nantaba of voter bribery and possessing forged academic documents. She claimed that whereas Nantaba’s ordinary level
certificate carries ‘Idah Nantaba E’, her advanced level certificate only has ‘Idah Nantaba’.
During the hearing before Justice Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya in Mukono high court on Tuesday,
Nantaba’s lawyer, Ambrose
Tibyasa tasked Birungi to substantiate her claims. He asked Birungi whether
she bothered to visit Light Collage Katikamu where Nantaba sat her S4 and Mukono Town Academy
for S6 to ascertain whether she indeed studied from the schools.
Birungi informed the court that she visited Light College Katikamu but the teachers were
none cooperative. “My Lord, none of the teachers I found at Light Collage Katikamu was willing to
respond to my queries so I thought the same thing would happen at other schools
where the respondent claims to have studied from,” Birungi told the court.
She also admitted that she neither wrote to the Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB to fact
check Nantaba’s education documents nor probed
further to ascertain whether she signed a deed poll.
Tibyasa presented to
the court copies of Nantaba’s original UCE and UACE
certificates, a deed poll and declaration, two affidavits signed
by George Gesera, a teacher who tough Nantaba at Light College and William Ssemwogerere, the Headteacher of
Green Ville College where Nantaba studied her A level from before sitting her final exams at Mukono Town Academy.
Tibyasa told URN that he produced
Denis Nyangweso, the Samia Bugwe Central MP who confirmed having studied with Nantaba ‘A’ level at Green Ville College, which didn’t have a UNEB center number prompting them to register at Mukono Town College.
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Birungi’s lawyer, Martin Asingwire Baryaruha told the court that his client could
not verify Nantaba’s UACE documents and whether she studied at Mukono Town
Academy since the school ceased to exist. Nantaba told URN that she
is fighting a mafia, which wants to bring her down.
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Justice Mukyaya has set August 24 for further hearing of Birungi’s application.
faces two other petitions filed by the National Unity Platform former
candidate, Harriet Nakwede and Rittah Nabadda, a concerned citizen.
On Monday, the applicant’s
lawyers objected to a proposal by Nantaba’s lawyer to consolidate the petitions
to save time and resources. The lawyers reasoned that the applications of their
clients contain different grounds that require different
is scheduled for hearing on August 23 while that of Nabadda will come up on August 30.