Acon Survives Election Petition

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Justice Wilson Musene Masalu said by the time of his nomination, Acon was in possession of the minimum required academic standards for MP as provided for under Article 801 of the Parliamentary elections Act

Court has dismissed with costs a petition challenging the academic qualifications of Julius Acon Bua, the Otuke County Member of Parliament. Justice Wilson Musene delivered the judgment this morning in an application filed by Acon's rival, Paul Omara.
 
Omara dragged Acon to court through his lawyer Makmot Kibwanaga of Makmot and company Advocates, saying he lacks the requisite advanced level education certificate of education to contest for a parliamentary seat.
 
He also accused Acon of using forged academic documents from Southern University Orleans New York and George Marshal University, both in the United States of America for his nomination for the Otuke parliamentary seat.
 
He claimed that the certificates bear the name Achon, but the legislators nominated himself as Acon without the letter "H". According to Omara, this prompted both the National Council for Higher Education and Uganda National Examinations Board- UNEB, which were also respondents to the suit to falsely equate Acon's documents to the standard of Uganda's Advanced Certificate of Education
 
But in his judgment this morning, Justice Wilson Musene Masalu said by the time of his nomination, Acon was in possession of the minimum required academic standards for MP as provided for under Article 80(1) of the Parliamentary elections Act.
 
He based his judgment on the affidavit of Professor Opuda Asibo, the Executive Director National Council for Higher Education who told court that they equated Acon's documents after carefully establishing that the contact hours he had at the universities and the cumulative grade points are in tandem with Uganda's education system.
 
Besides, Justice Musene also said court was convinced by the certificate of bachelors of Science in Communication obtained by Julius Acon from Phenix University. On the mismatch of names on academic documents presented by Acon during his nominations and those on his academic transcripts, Justice Musene said there was an affidavit to that effect.
 
He therefore dismissed the petition, saying the petitioner had failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt. Qurinus Oyugi Onono, the lawyer of Acon has welcomed the judgment, saying justice has been served. Paul Omara said he is dissatisfied with the judgement is considering appealing in a higher court.