Minister Nantaba to be Recalled for Vetting

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The newly-appointed State Minister for Lands, Idah Nantaba, is set to reappear before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee next week. A source from the committee says Parliament decided to recall her due to inconsistencies in answering questions about her academic background.

The newly-appointed State Minister for Lands, Idah Nantaba, is set to reappear before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee next week.

A source from the committee says Parliament decided to recall her due to inconsistencies in answering questions about her academic background. The source said that Parliament has written to Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) and other institutions the MP alleged to have attended. The committee wants to establish whether the Kayunga Woman MP ever attained the said qualifications from the institutions.

The source also says that there are about four petitions against the appointment of Idah Nantaba as a minister.

Nantaba was first vetted on Monday for close to one hour but came out confident that she had passed the interview.

One of the petitions that URN has been able to see is from one Bukenya Joel, a concerned citizen. The petition was served to all members of the appointments committee including the chairperson, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

In the petition, Bukenya showed conflicting dates and institutions both in the CV and other papers presented by the legislator during the NRM party primaries.

Nantaba indicates on her CV that she sat and completed her Advanced Level at Greenville High School in 1996 while on the NRM Electoral Commission form, she indicates 1998 as the year of her completion. Bukenya in the petition further states that at the time, Greenville High School did not have an examination Centre number.

At the Uganda Certificate of Education level, Nantaba indicates that she completed her examinations in 1994 at Light College Katikamu or in 1996, the same time she supposedly completed her education at Greenville High School.

At the NRM nominations in 2010, it is alleged that Nantaba sought the services of a lawyer who drew a statutory declaration that eventually allowed her participate in the elections and was declared MP Kayunga District. Bukenya is of the view that the declaration was forged and backdated to suit the purposes of going through the NRM nominations.

A statutory declaration is a legal document defined under the law commonly used to allow a person to affirm something to be true for the purposes of satisfying some legal requirement or regulation when no other evidence is available.

The University Transcript from Makerere has also been brought to scrutiny. Nantaba does not use her other name Erios nor the initial E as seen in other documents.