Tamale Mirundi addresses journalists at a recent function

Controversial Senior Presidential Advisor on Media Tamale Mirundi has said ejected Busiro South constituency MP-elect Peter Sematimba is innocent.

Mr. Ssematimba who on Tuesday took part in the August House proceedings lost his seat after the High Court on Friday declared it vacant over inadequate academic papers.

And Tamale Mirundi articulated that it was not Peter Sematimba’s role to verify his own academic papers but that of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

This followed a petition filed by Democratic Party’s Stephen Ssekigozi, who contested against Mr Sematimba of the ruling National Resistance Movement and lost.

Hon. Sematimba listens to debate in the House. (Photo/@Parliament_UG)
Hon. Sematimba listens to debate in the House.

However, Mr Sematimba had told court that his academic papers have security features to prove that they are authentic.

Today, Hon. Sematimba was pictured listening to debate in the House as Appointments Committee started vetting the 81 newly-appointed ministers.

During closed door session, MPs while seeking to establish whether the ministerial appointees have the requisite academic papers and integrity, Makindye West legislator Allan Ssewanyana queried whether Sematimba’s presence in the 10th Parliament was in order.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga replied that there is no court order yet on his disqualification.

The session continued.