The inspector General of Government (IGG), MS Irene Mulyagonja, is investigating Lands Junior Minister, Ms Persis Namuganza for alleged lack of academic papers to serve as Member of Parliament and in Cabinet.
The investigations by the Ombudsman were prompted a petition filed by a group calling itself “Concerned People” from Busoga Sub-Region, the Minister’s home area.
“Concerned People” group is allegedly sponsored by Speaker Kadaga meant to punish Namuganza for her “bad mouth”
Ms Namuganza represents Bukono County, Namutumba District in 10th Parliament.
“This is to confirm receipt of the complaint against Minister Namuganza that is dated March, 7 2018” IGG Mulyagonja said last Friday, adding: “We are going to carry out preliminary investigations into the complaint of her lacking academic papers”
The concerned citizens state in their petition that the Minister sat P.L.E (Primary Leaving Examinations) bu failed all the four examined subjects—English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Obtaining F9s means a candidate would unlikely progress to the next level.
The concerned citizens allege in their petition that the Minister doesnot have UCE (Uganda Certificate of Education) and UACE (Uganda Advanced certificate of Education). It is UACE or its equivalenet is, under the law, the minimum qualification for one to be a Member of Parliament while any elected MP is eligible for appointment to serve as Minister.
“We do hereby submit in our complaint as reiterated below; SST-9, Science-9, Mathematics-9, English-9, which makes her not to be qualified to proceed to another level of education”. The petitioner wrote, adding: “It’s also strongly alleged that she did not possess ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels. She has forgeries up to the highest level. This tells you clearly that she does not qualify to hold any public office of the MP and Minister as well”
The concerned citizens asked IGG to expedite the investigate into the matter.