The presiding resident judge of Jinja high court, her lordship Patricia Basaza Waswa this week indefinitely adjourned the case in which Jinja Municipality East constituency Member of Parliament Paul Mwiru seeks to restrain the NRM flag bearer for the same Nathan Igeme Nabeta from contesting in the forth coming elections.
Justice Patricia Basaza Waswa was not able to preside over the court on claims that she was handling criminal sessions though she did not fix another day for hearing this case.
According to Mwiru’s application, Igeme’s claims to have attained a degree but does not have other relevant certificates he attained upon which he was admitted to pursue a degree as required.
Through his lawyer Peter Walubiri, Mwiru also wants the National Council for Higher Education and Uganda National Examination Board to explain why they certified Igeme’s academic papers which he claims he acquired from a US based Oklahoma University yet he doesn’t possess other relevant or equivalent documents upon which he was admitted to pursue a degree in information technology.
Hundreds of each camp’s supporters that had filled the court room and the whole court compound were stunned by the pronouncement of the judge who ordered them to return another day that will be communicated.
Mwiru’s lawyer Peter Walubiri showed concern saying he was shocked when the judge did not set a specific day yet she is the one who summoned them for Wednesday.
On his part, Paul Mwiru vowed to pursue this matter alleging that Igeme lacks the minimum qualification for a Member of Parliament as required by the Parliamentary Elections Act.
Igeme was represented by Max and Sekatawa, and Akedi and company advocates lawyers This is the second time when the duo is battling in courts of law over the same matter.
In 2011, Mwiru challenged Nabeta’s election in the high court on grounds of lack of the required academic qualification and voter bribery. Though the court dismissed the count of academic qualification, it nullified Igeme’s election citing voter bribery resulting in a bye-election that saw Mwiru emerge winner.