Simon Muhumuza Kateeba, a resident of Nyakatooke ward, Rugombe Town Council in Kyenjojo district has petitioned the Electoral Commission (EC) alleging that Dr Tom Butime, the Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities lacks required academic documents to contest for any Parliamentary seat in the country.
In a petition filed through his lawyers of KRK Advocates, Muhumuza says that Butime was illegally nominated to contest for Mwenge Central Parliamentary seat in the forthcoming elections without producing all the relevant documents.
“Contrary to section 4(1) (c) of the Parliamentary Elections Act 2005, the respondent was nominated without possessing the requisite minimum formal education of Advanced Level standard or its equivalent,” the petition reads in part.
The applicant says that Butime Tom Ateenyi, the name under which the respondent was nominated, does not appear on any his purported academic documents which he presented for nomination.
“He presented the letter of verification results issued by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) dated 29th July 2020 for his purported Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with names Tom Butime whereas the verification letter attached E and F purported Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) bears the names of Tom R Butime.”
Muhumuza contends that the above inconsistencies and unexplained discrepancies in the documents presented by the respondent clearly show that he didn’t prove he possesses the requisite qualification as required by section 4(1) (c ) of the Parliamentary Elections Act to be eligible for nominations.
He has asked the commission to disqualify Butime from the race on top of ordering him to pay costs to the applicant.
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