The long-disputed academic qualifications of Sembabule Woman MP (NRM), Anifa Kawooya, have come under new scrutiny in the Constitutional court.
The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has lodged an appeal in the Constitutional court seeking to quash an earlier ruling in 2010 that appeared to have upheld the authenticity of Kawooya's academic qualifications.
According to the court schedule, the case is slated to be heard on September 13, 2009. NCHE believes Kawooya obtained her two degrees, (bachelor's in Development Studies and later a master's degree in International Relations) from Nkumba University, using documentation whose authenticity was suspect.
One of the contested documents is a certificate in Business Administration that was awarded to Kawooya by the Management and Business Institute in 2000.
In March this year, The Observer reported that Nkumba University had agreed to cancel Kawooya's degrees. But a month later, in a letter dated April 19, Kawooya threatened to sue the university.
"Should you dare cancel our client's degree which she genuinely acquired, we have strict instructions to institute civil proceedings against you and the university," read part of the letter from Kawooya's lawyers Ntambwireki, Kandeebe and Company Advocates.
When contacted for a comment last week, Kawooya declined to talk to The Observer. But previously, she has alleged that the saga over her academic qualifications had its roots in the political bickering in Sembabule district.
The upcoming court case brings into sharp focus a matter that failed to be resolved for more than five years. In 2006, Joy Kabatsi, Kawooya's long time political rival petitioned the High court seeking to annul her election as MP on grounds that she did not have the requisite academic qualification to contest for the seat. The court nullified the election and ordered a by-election which was won by Kawooya.
Kawooya claims to hold an O-level certificate from Kigezi High school, obtained in 1993, a diploma in Business Administration obtained in 1991 from Kampala Business Institute, another diploma in Project Planning and Management, which was awarded to her by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1998.
She also holds another diploma in Business Administration from the Management and Business Skills College, and a degree in Public Administration she obtained in 2001 from Knight Bridge University - UK.