A Kampala lawyer has petitioned the Electoral Commission seeking to be availed with academic documents for President Museveni.
In an August,21,2020 letter, lawyer Nkunyingi Muwada says he wants the election body to avail him with academic documents that Museveni used to stand for the 2016 presidential elctions.
“Under the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995 as amended, the Presidential Elections Act,2005 as amended and other statutory provision, its trite that a person nominated as a presidential candidate must hold and possess the minimum statutory and formal academic qualifications and or equivalent to Advanced level standard,”Nkunyingi says in his letter.
The lawyer says that initially, Museveni ascended to power without being vetted when the National Resistance Army captured power in 1986 adding that having been president since then, it the election body could have ignored the prerequisite of asking for his academic documents.
“Being that he still remained the appointing authority, of those to vet his papers, it is uncertain to me as a Ugandan that the said candidate has ever complied. The recent abrupt resignation of the Electoral Commission and other key commission staff rumoured as a dismissal in the media further widen my doubts,”Muwada says.
The lawyer also argues that he is moved by the need to defend Constitutionalism and rule of law by demanding for Museveni’s academic documents.
“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.”
The development comes at a time when another lawyer, Male Mabirizi requested and was availed with the academic documents for Kyadondo East MP also presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine.
Consequently, Mabirizi said Kyagulanyi is not fit to stand for presidency for telling lies about his age.