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Bobi Wine questions independence of EC as the latter refuses to release Museveni’s academic documents


Bobi Wine questions independence of EC as the latter refuses to release Museveni’s academic documents

President of National Unity Platform Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine wants the electoral commission to quit playing games and release the academic papers of President Yoweri Museveni as demanded recently.

The development follows a letter from EC indicating that there is no need to release the President’s papers since they are governed under Section 4 (15) of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005 as amended.

The article states that: For avoidance of doubt, if a candidate has an advanced level certificate obtained in Uganda or qualifications higher than the prescribed qualification obtained in Uganda or obtained from the former university of East Africa or any of its constituent colleges, then, there shall be no need for the verification of his /her qualifications by the National Council for Higher Education.

The commission also referred the petitioner Muwada & Co. Advocates to the presidential election petition filed by former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, challenging the nomination of President Museveni, where the Judges ruled in favor of the president.

Letter from EC responding to request for Museveni’s academic papers

Now, Bobi Wine says the document shows the partiality of an Electoral Commission which claims to be independent yet again lies bare for all to see.

He noted that when someone applied to have his academic documents released, it took the EC only 3 days to process their release and yet the same commission has taken a month to respond to a request for President Museveni’s academic documents.

“When they finally responded, they are speaking in tongues. The law does not empower any government body to determine the legality of the reasons given for demand of public documents. The Electoral Commission in a very clear indication of bias has taken it upon themselves not to release Gen. Museveni’s papers giving flimsy reasons. Even a child can see that they are embarrassed or scared of releasing the documents” Bobi writes.

He added that as the lawyers contemplate the next course of action, he needed to remind Mr. Byabakama and all others at the Electoral Commission that they are on trial and that each day, they continue to fail the test and to expose themselves as Ugandans are watching.

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