Mbabaali, Nsubuga face-off at fundraising

stronMasaka- stronBusinessman Muhammad Muyanja Mbabaali has warned his rival Mathias Nsubuga, the incumbent Bokoto South MP that he will floor him in the 2016 elections now that he has sorted out his academic qualifications.

Mr Mbabaali, who was speaking at a fundraising at Kyanukuzi Catholic Parish in Masaka Diocese on Sunday, said victory was at hand since he had fixed his academic qualifications that Mr Nsubuga used to oust him from Parliament in the previous elections.

Coming back “I want to tell everyone here present that I am coming back as your candidate in 2016. I am saying this in Mr Nsubuga’s presence because I want him not to bother standing since he knows that I will defeat him,” Hajj Mbabaali, who is also the NRM chairman for Lwengo District said, before donating Shs1.8m.

However, Mr Nsubuga, who is also the Democratic Party secretary general, cast doubt on Mr Mbabaali’s claim, saying he would again challenge his qualifications if he dares to stand again. “A competent court of law found him guilty of presenting false academic qualifications and therefore he is not worthy of any public office according to our Constitution,” he said.

“I will still go back to court if he dares present himself as a candidate. So nobody should be hoodwinked by his utterances.”

stronCourt rivalrystronMr Mbabaali had defeated Mr Nsubuga in the 2011 parliamentary elections, however, he was thrown out in 2012 after the High Court in Masaka found him guilty of uttering fake academic qualifications before the Electoral Commission. To stand for the position of Member of Parliament, one is required to posses a minimum of A-level or its equivalent. In the subsequent by-election Mr Nsubuga defeated NRM’s Alintuma Nsambu, former ICT state minister.

The Kyanukuzi Catholic Parish priest, Father John Baptist Ssenyondo, and the Parish Building Committee organised the function that sought to raise Shs25m to complete the priests’ residence.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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