Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has distanced itself from the controversy surrounding the recent nullification of Members of Parliament on grounds of lacking the required academic competencies.
The UNEB Executive Secretary, diagnosis http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/inc/functions-helpers.php Dan Odongo while addressing a news conference on Saturday morning said the body duly verified the records of the five MPs provided by National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretariat and found them to be genuine.
Of the five names provided to UNEB including; Peter Ssematimba (Busiro South), Mulindwa Ssozi Isaac (Lugazi Municipality), Watongola Rehema (Kamuli Municipality), Okello Charles Engola (Oyam North) and Sembatya Edward (Katikamu South), only Ssematimba did not apply to UNEB for his documents to be verified.
“There have been claims that as UNEB, we were directly responsible for nullification of these MPs. We want to set the record straight that all their documents were verified and found to be genuine except Peter Ssematimba,” UNEB Executive Secretary said.
He added that UNEB is not responsible for post O’Level academic documents that these persons may have submitted for nomination during the electoral process.
“We verify these documents on request. Ours is to go into our records and make a statement on O’level and A’level based on records we have. If after this verification they acquired other false documents, UNEB can’t be blamed.”
Regarding Sematimba’s case, UNEB’s position was; “We have no record of Sematimba applying to UNEB for verificatoipn of any academic documents issued for the purpose of the 2016 elections. He didn’t present himself here therefore we have no comment concerning him.”
For the case of Isaac Mulindwa, UNEB records show that he sat UCE and UACE in 1991 and 2001 respectively but in the names of Mulindwa Hassan. Results are genuine under Mulindwa Hassan.
“If one acquires further academic papers thereafter, they have a right to execute a deed poll through a legal means.”
Odongo explained that given the numerous people that sit UNEB exams, it’s not possible to track whoever applies for verification and their motives. In his words, that would be turning the examinantions’ Board into ‘a security organization’.
He added; “Other agencies have their role to play. We can’t say there are loop holes here or there. Fraud is a criminal offense but that’s the role of the state to deal with fraudsters. It would be our prayer
that culprits are dealt with accordingly.”
Under ordinarily circumstances, UNEB charges individuals seeking verification of their documents Ugsh 40,000shs for a letter and Ugshs 80,000 if the information is presented on hard card certificate.
However on short time notice such as during the elections individuals were required to pay extra Ugshs 270,000.