Col (rtd) Charles Okello Engola

Minister of State for Defence Col (rtd) Charles Okello Engola, also Oyam North MP has been thrown out of Parliament over academic papers.

Lira High Court presiding Judge Lady Justice Jessica Naiga Ayebazibwe faulted Col Engola for changing names on his papers without swearing an affidavit invalidating them.

The first minister to lose a seat, Col Engola also becomes the 10th National Resistance Movement legislator whose election has been nullified.

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The petition was filed by Anthony Oyuru, a concerned voter, who accused the newly elected legislator of failing to comply with electoral laws.

Engola, a flag bearer for the ruling NRM party, emerged winner after defeating incumbent Crispus Charles Ayena Odongo of the Uganda Peoples Congress-UPC, George Ojwang Opota of Go Forward and Independent candidate Willy Omodo-Omodo.

Two petitions were filed against Okello Engola, one for noncompliance with the electoral laws and another filed by Ayena Odongo over lack of academic qualifications, were until today going on.

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