Mohammed Ssegirinya, MP-elect for Kawempe North, presented valid documents to the Electoral Commission (EC) during the nomination process.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has confirmed the documents presented by the Kawempe North MP-elect Mohammed Ssegirinya at the time of nomination were valid.
According to the affidavit of Barbra Mulimira the Returning Officer of Kampala Electoral District, Ssegirinya was lawfully and validly nominated, elected putting an end to earlier allegations that the NUP affiliated MP-elect had fake documents.
“At the time of nomination, Ssegirinya presented a duly filled nomination form accompanied by academic qualifications of UCE(Senior 4) and UACE ( Senior 6) both in the names of “Ssegirinya Richard” from Pimbas Secondary School and a Deed Poll for changing of names from “Segirinya Richard” to “Segirinya Mohammed,” a statement from the returning officer read.
“The nomination, Election and gazetting of Ssegirinya by the Electoral Commission as MP Kawempe North Constituency in Kampala was done in accordance with the law having found him possessing the minimum qualification of Advanced Level and duly registered as a voter and fulfilment of other nomination requirements,” it added.
Earlier, the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) released a statement questioning the credibility of the academic documents which were submitted by councillor Ssegirinya ahead of the January general elections.
In a statement, the Examinations body said that Ssegirinya submitted documents that belong to Sarah Nampiima at O-level while at A-level, he submitted documents that belong to Maureen Nabadda.
“We have checked in our records and our findings are as follows; Candidate U005/054(2017) is Nampiima Sarah who sat at Mengo secondary school, not Ssegirinya Richard sitting at Pimbas secondary school,” Peter Anywar said in a letter on behalf of the UNEB executive secretary, Dan Odongo.
“The candidate U005/754 is Nabadda Maureen who sat at Mengo Secondary school not Ssegirinya Richard at Pimbas secondary school,” Any war’s letter added.
Ssegirinya however, through his lawyers, Alaka and company advocate rubbished these allegations claiming that their client used the name Ssegirinya Richard while sitting for his UNEB but after converting to Islam he changed his Ssegirinya Mohammed, a name that everyone is now familiar with.
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when Ssegirinya is still detained in prison over charges of inciting violence.
He was last month arrested at Mini Price in downtown Kampala as he attempted to lead a protest demanding the release of National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters who were reportedly detained falsely before, during and after the January general elections.