Muwada: Museveni's change of name doesn't affect my request for his academic documents

National Unity Platform (NUP) member and city lawyer Muwada Nkunyingi has tasked the Electoral Commission to send him results of 'Yoweri Kaguta Museveni' and not those of 'Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni'.

Previously known as Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president announced in a deed poll that has been accessed by this website that he has dropped the use of any other name and will now be known as Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni.

The deed poll reads: "I was born in September, 1944 and names Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni. My academic documents bear my name, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni and since completion of my education the names Yoweri Museveni, Yoweri Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni have been used interchangeably in reference to me,"

It adds: "I hereby declare that I shall at all times from now in all records, deeds and instruments in writing, and all occasions that require the use of my full name, sign the name of Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni instead of the renounced name."

On Friday morning, Muwada told journalists at his home in Kampala the EC  has declined to avail him with the President's academic documents in August this year.

Muwada said that the name 'Tibuhaburwa' has never been heard of and neither has it ever appeared anywhere on the ballot paper and therefore he doesn't expect academic documents with that name because his request came before the deed poll.

He said: "I have checked all results of the previous elections since the EC was established, no candidate has ever been announced with the name 'Tibuhaburwa' yet the president maintains that he was using it interchangeably."

According to Muwada, the law in Uganda says that no one can change a name without a deed poll and if President Museveni presented academic documents in 2016 general elections, they should have included the name 'Tibuhaburwa' and the EC, in its declaring hım as president, should have announced him by that name.

"This change of name does not change our stand because our request came in earlier and we are determined to pursue this until the end," Muwada said.

Muwada asked the EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama to release Museveni's academic documents like the the commission did when another lawyer asked for documents of candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

 

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