Hon Peter Sematimba and Singer Jose Chameleon Shine In Uganda’s Pre- University Exams Shame of Academic Results or Lack of it Helps Celebrities to go back to school.
National Council of Higher Education is supposed to validate and authenticate academic documents for politicians intending to stand for certain offices most especially Members of Parliament.
In 2016, when Members of the 10th Parliament were sworn in Kampala, several of them were taken to court for many reasons not limited to lack of academic documents.
High Court presided over by Justice Lydia Mugamba declared Busiro South parliamentary seat vacant after proof that the newly sworn-in Hon Peter Sematimba lacked the academic qualifications.
Peter Sematimba’s political rival, Stephen Sekigozi told court how he lacked academic documents that is equivalent of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education(UACE) which is the minimum for one to be nominated for a parliamentary seat.
Peter Sematimba in his defence presented an Ordinary Level certificate obtained from King’s College Budo and a pre-medicine transcript from Asuza Pacific University in United States of America.
Sematimba also testified that he holds a diploma in Electrical and Computer Technology from Pacific Coast Technical Institute, USA.
Democratic Party (DP) candidate, Stephen Sekigozi said the only valid certificate Sematimba held was from East African Examinations Council which is not an equivalent to the Advanced level certificate.
Peter Sematimba admitted in court that he had nothing to show since the university doesnt exist anymore and Professor Asibo Opuda of National Council of Higher Education told court that he was 63 years old and he was not ready to lie in court or contradict himself since many MPs came to his office with directives to have them cleared.
On 18th September,2017, Court of Appeal panel led by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma reinstated Peter Sematimba as MP on appeal.
Peter Sematimba started school in a remote area of Central Uganda, on Vovember 2019, he sat for the Advanced Level Certificate at Kakoola High School in Luweero district. The school is owned by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo.
Sematimba scored 13 points distributed as follows General Paper 6, Divinity D, LIterature D, Art B and Computer Studies 4.
Joseph Mayanja commonly known as Jose Chameleon a popular singer sat for advanced level certificate to help him stand for position of Lord Mayor for Kampala City.
Other celebrities like Geofrey Lutaya also sat for exams ahead of 2021.