Mbwatekamwa Gaffa

Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, the Kasambya County Member of Parliament has filed a notice for a motion seeking leave of Parliament to table a bill that will require scrapping off of academic qualification requirement for elective office.

In the motion seen by EagleOnline that was received by speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga yesterday received the notice.

In his argument, Mbwatekamwa argued that the education requirement is discriminatory and it was time the legislators got a cure for the requirement.

Mbwatekamwa who came out opposing the move by Raphael Magyzi to table a motion seeking leave of Parliament to table a bill to lift the Presidential Age limit said the move is in retaliation to the NRM move.

As per the current constitution, Uganda’s top elective positions, like President, Member of Parliament, District Leaders all have restrictions for contestants to have at least a minimum of minimum education of A’ Level or an equivalent.

However, even with this level, a number of Politicians have faced court battles due to questionable academic papers, with some having to go through the humiliation of battling to answer Primary three questions.

Once passed, noting will stop an illiterate Ugandan from contesting as Presidency. However, Gaffa’s Bill will have to cater for how those not fluent or conversant with English language will debate or transact Government business in English-which is the national language.