Nebbi Court Orders NRM MP Out of Parliament Over Academic Qualifications

Hashim Suleiman attending a court session (Photo: West Nile Press)

Nebbi Municipality MP, Hashim Suleiman was Thursday kicked out of Parliament following a ruling by Arua High Court Judge, Anthony Ojok over lack of minimum academic qualifications. Court ordered the Electoral Commission to organize fresh elections.

Suleiman was last year dragged to Court by FDC’s flag bearer, Robert Onega, who argued that the 2016 Parliamentary election in the constituency had been rigged by his opponent (Suleiman).

Hashim was announced winner in the newly created Nebbi Municipality race after beating his closest competitor, Onega with a margin of 124 votes.

In his petition through his lawyer, Elias Lukwago, Onega said Suleiman used another person’s academic documents during the nominations, and indeed, court on Thursday proved that he lacked an Advanced Level (A’ level) certificate.

After scrutinizing the respondent’s academic documents Court noted various variations in his names.

The judge ruled that: “There is room for fresh election according to electoral law, if any one doesn’t have supportive document for his or her elective position. I so order for fresh elections”.

Speaking to the journalists after the ruling, Lukwago said it was now up to the Electoral Commission to respect the Court ruling and conduct a by-election henceforth.

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