KAMPALA – Usuk County Member of Parliament Peter Ogwang has described as malicious and fraudulent allegations that he lacks requisite education qualifications.
Emmanuel Byamukama Tayebwa, a concerned citizen, through his lawyers of Mushabe Munungu & Co Advocates, on Monday filed a notice of intention to sue Ogwang, accusing him of lacking the requisite educational qualifications for a member of parliament.
But in response, Ogwang says he possesses the required minimum academic qualifications and Byamukama’s allegations are deceptive, malicious and fraudulent.
“If a one Byamukama and his accomplices for whatever reasons think that I do not possess the minimum academic qualification and therefore questioning the competence of Electoral Commission and Parliament that duly nominated and vetted me respectively then it is his right to challenge the matter in the courts of law other than continuously soiling my name,” Ogwang’s response delivered through his lawyers of K&K Advocates reads in part.
“I have also been informed that the same group of people are calling my office asking for Shs20 million for them to stop circulating such information. I consider this as blackmail and extortion which is punishable by law and I have already engaged relevant authorities to trap such fraudsters,” he adds.
Byamukama, in his petition, claims that Ogwang has been fraudulently appointed the State Minister for Information, Communication and Technology.
“You were vetted by the Parliament of Uganda on 3rd January 2020 based on falsified academic certificates contrary to the Constitution of Uganda and electoral laws. You have ignored and failed to disclose your true education qualifications to the appointing powers with intent to, again, continue drawing the taxpayers’ money in the form of a salary when you are not qualified to do,” the letter reads in part.