The Court of Appeal has confirmed the election of Kween District LC5 Chairperson Kapcheiko Paul Machinjach, after dismissing the appeal of his rival Banan Kissa Patrick.
Banan had accused Kapcheiko of not being academically qualified for the said position saying the Diploma he held was invalid as it was obtained from an institution that was not accredited, registered or recognised by NCHE.
However Justices Richard Buteera, Kenneth Kakuru and Elizabeth Musoke didnot agree with Banan, and ruled that Business Skills Trust Institute where Kapcheiko obtained his Diploma on 25/March/2004, was in existance before 2001 when National Council for Higher Education was established by an act of Parliament.
The Justices further observed that there was also on record a registration certificate issued by Ministry of Education to Business Skills Trust Institute stating the date of its registration to be 22nd/May/2002.
They therefore threw out Banan’s appeal with costs, maintaining that Mbale High Court trial Judge Andrew Bashaija properly evaluated the evidence on record, and came to the correct conclusion that Kapcheiko possessed the required minimum academic qualification, at the time he was nominated and elected as the Chairperson Local Council Five for Kween District.