COURT has issued an interim order restraining Singh Katongole from contesting as the NRM Member of Parliament flag bearer for Rubaga North constituency
By Betty Amamukirori
COURT has issued an interim order restraining Singh Katongole from contesting as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Member of Parliament flag bearer for Rubaga North constituency.
The Civil Court registrar Festo Nsenga also issued an order restraining the NRM electoral commission from presenting Katongole as its flag bearer for Rubaga North parliamentary seat, on Friday.
This followed an application filed by Brian Tinyebwa an aggrieved party who lost to Katongole during the primaries.
In his suit, he stated that he took part in the NRM primary elections for the Rubaga North parliamentary flag bearer together with Katongole and four others.
“We all submitted our academic qualifications as per the requirement of the law. These being public documents, I went to the NRM EC and picked my opponents result for verification,” he said.
“When I compared his ‘O’ and ‘A’ level academic certificates, I realized that they were forged. I then decided to petition the NRM EC,” he added.
In his affidavit, he said when the chairman NRM EC, Tanga Odoi ignored his petition, he decided to Petition the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) which then wrote to NRM about the forged results.
According to an affidavit filed by Mathew Bukenya the former Executive Secretary UNEB, Katongole’s ‘A’ certificate was forged and it was never issued by the examination body.
“UNEB’s scoring standards, result 9, indicates that a candidate who obtains result 9 does not qualify for an award of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).
According to the UNEB deputy Secretary, Dan Nokrach Odongo, the official ‘O’ level results for Katongole were “English 7, History 9, Geography 9, Mathematics 8, Physic 9, Chemistry 9, Biology 9, Commerce 4 and Accounts 4.” He sat exams in Kampala High School in 1984.
He said the UACE results which indicate that the former Rubaga North MP did PCM in from the same school in 1986 were forged because a person who gets nine in ‘O’ Level does not qualify for an award of a UACE certificate.
The UACE certificate indicates that Katongole got a credit three in General Paper, an F (9, 9) in mathematics, an F in Physic and an F in chemistry.
According to Tindyebwa, Odoi overlooked this anomaly and went ahead to nominate Katongole as the provisional winner of the party primaries in Rubaga North.
He said it was even absurd when Odoi nominated the embattled politician yet three villages which are NRM strongholds did not partake in the voting. He named Namugoona zone one, Kawala III and Nakulabye zone six as those that did not vote.
In his suit, he wanted court to declare as null and void, the NRM pronouncement that Katongole is their party flag bearer because he lacks the minimum academic qualifications.
Tindyebwa wanted court to nullify the election results and order for fresh polls since three villages were left out. In the same suit filed on November 9, he wanted an injunction against NRM and Katongole.
Apart from the NRM EC and Katongole, he had also dragged UNEB and the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to court over the certificate Katongole purportedly got from Kampala International University.
However, in his ruling, Nsenga dismissed the case against UNEB and NCHE and granted an injunction against NRM and Katongole until the hearing of the main application in December 16, 2015.
“This order shall remain in force till December 16 and it is subject to extension where necessary,” he said.
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