The Electoral Commission has declined to release President Yoweri Museveni’s academic transcripts as earlier requested by city lawyer Muwadda Nkunyingi
Mulekwa Leonard, the Acting Secretary for the Commission said Museveni’s transcripts which were submitted in 2016 required no verification because they fulfilled all legal requirements for anybody to stand on the Presidential post as per Section 4(15) of Presidential Elections Act 2005
“For avoidance of doubt if a Candidate has an advanced level certificate obtained in Uganda or from a former or any of its constituent colleges, there shall be no need for verification of his or her qualifications by National Council of Higher Education,” he said.
“As to whether nomination of the said candidate was proper and or legal or legitimate, please note that a particular issue was conclusively canvassed in Presidential election petition number 01 of 2018 (Amama Mbabazi Vs Museveni EC and others ”
Last month, Lawyer Nkunyingi asked for copies of President Museveni’s transcripts which he submitted to the Electoral Commission as he was being nominated on the same position in the past elections.“As an advocate, a Ugandan and Registered voter, I must stand to defend constitutionalism and the rule of law Pursuant to the Access to information Act. I now herein request for copies of certified academic documents as presented to the Electoral Commission at the 2016 Presidential elections by candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni upon which I will make an informed opinion on the next course of action.”
It should be remembered that recently, the Commission issued to Lawyer Male Mabirizi academic documents of Presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi to allow him lodge a court case against the latter.