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LIVE: Peter Sematimba ruling

NRM’s Peter Sematimba won his appeal


Uganda’s Court of Appeal has in a Monday ruling confirmed Peter Sematimba as the validly elected MP of Busiro South.

Through Muganwa, Nanteza and company advocates, Ssematimba appealed saying he was dissatisfied with High Court Justice Lydia Mugambe’s decision last year declaring his seat vacant and the resultant order that fresh elections be held.


Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Court of Appeal will today deliver the judgment in the election appeal filed by embattled Peter Ssematimba against rival Stephen Sekigozi.

The Court’s deputy Registrar Deo Nzeyimana signed and sent out notices on Friday informing the parties in this case that judgment is ready.

Sematimba is challenging a Kampala High Court decision that nullified his election as NRM Member of Parliament (MP) of Busiro South Constituency, on grounds of lack of academic qualification.

In June last year, Justice Lydia Mugambe faulted the National Council of Higher Education (NICHE) for avoiding to independently verify the authenticity and validity of Sematimba’s Diploma in Electrical and Computer Technology, said to have been obtained from the Pacific Coast Technical Institute based in the US.

The judge also ordered that NICHE pays the costs of the petition to Ssematimba’s political rival DP’s Stephen Ssekigozi.



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