Kawempe North MP-elect Muhammad Ssegirinya’s victory hangs on a thread as various stakeholders question the authenticity of his academic documents.
This is after one of the opponents Ssegirinya floored in the January 14 polls wrote to Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) challenging the authenticity of the documents Ssegirinya submitted to the Electoral Commission prior to the elections. This is as Sulaiman Kidandala Sserwada looks set to challenge his fellow party member’s to win.
It should be remembered that Kidandala lost the National Unity Platform flag to Ssegirinya ahead of the elections, a decision he did not agree with. The former deputy lord mayor then defiantly appeared on the ballot paper but he was no match for Ssegirinya who polled a landslide victory.
Another party member that Mr. Updates as he is popularly known was too strong for was incumbent Latif Ssebagala. Ssebagala ran back to Kawempe after a failed Lord Mayor bid that saw him pull out of the race just after beating musician Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleone for the NUP flag.
What does UNEB say?
In a response to Ssegirinya lawyers Alaka and Company Advocates, UNEB fears that the academic documents he submitted for his nomination may not be authentic.
The examination regulator says that the documents Ssegirinya submitted for O-level do not belong to Ssegirinya Richard at Pimbas Secondary School. This is because candidate U0053/054 of the year 2007 was Nampima Sarah who sat at Mengo Secondary School.
The Daniel Odong led board also cast doubt on Ssegirinya’s A-level documents which they say don’t belong to the Voice of Kyebando as he is popularly known. This is because candidate U0053/754 of the year 2009 was Nabadda Maureen who sat at Mengo Secondary School.
Ssegirinya used the names “Ssegirinya Richard” while in school before he later converted to Islam and adopted “Muhammad”.
The certificates serial numbers U1884798 and A0964827 respectively whose copies you submitted for verification are NOT authentic documents issued by the Board.UNEB to Ssegirinya Muhammad
According to the Parliamentary Elections Act of 2005, persons that wish to vie for offices at Parliamentary Avenue need to have bagged a minimum formal education of advanced level standard by UNEB or its equivalent.
We wait to see how Ssegirinya and the NUP respond to this allegation which looks all set to be played out in court.