Lawyer Male Mabirizi has asked the Law Development Centre
Magistrates Court to issue criminal summons to National Unity Platform
President Robert Kyagulanyi requiring him to appear and take a plea on charges
of obtaining false registration at Makerere University.
Kyagulanyi graduated from Makerere University about 20 years ago with a Diploma
in Music, Dance and Drama-MDD, which Mabirizi alleges that he obtained through
a fraudulent process.
According to Mabirizi, Kyagulanyi who was then 20 years old was on October 21 2000
registered as a student of MDD on a mature age entry scheme contrary to
Makerere University Prospectus of 1999/2000 -2000/2001.
The Prospectus in the question of which Mabirizi has
submitted a certified copy signed by the Academic Registrar of Makerere
University Alfred Namoah Masikye indicates that; for one to be admitted
for the mature age entry at that time was at least to be 25 years old or for
one to have completed formal education at least five years previous to the year
of admission, which was not the case with Kyagulanyi.
To support his case, Mabirizi has submitted other certified copies of
evidence from Makerere University showing Kyagulanyi's form leading to his
admission which is dated and signed by him on October 20 2000.
The form also indicates that Kyagulanyi was born on February 12th 1980 and
studied at Kololo Senior Secondary School and Kitante Hill School, implying that
by the time he was admitted to pursue the course on government sponsorship,
Kyagulanyi was 20 years of age and neither had he finished formal education
five years before his admission.
Mabirizi has now petitioned the LDC Magistrates Court to institute
criminal proceedings for the offence of obtaining registration by false
pretence contrary to section 312 of the Penal Code Act.
The section states that any person who willfully procures or
attempts to procure for himself or herself any other person any registration,
licence or certificate under any law by any false pretence commits a misdemeanour
and is liable for imprisonment for one year.
According to Mabirizi the law also provides that any person who has reasonable
and probable cause to believe that an offence has been committed by any person
may make a complaint of the alleged offence to a Magistrate and it's this right
that he is now exercising.
"This complaint is supported by evidence contained in my affidavit
and a draft change sheet for your approval. I pray that you issue the criminal
summons for his attendance and plea taking as soon as possible", reads
This is not the first case related to Kyagulanyi's academic
qualifications that Mabirizi is filing in court.
In June 2021, Mabirizi sued Makerere University before the Civil
Division of High Court seeking orders compelling Makerere University to
deprive and recall Kyagulanyi's Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama for having
obtained it illegally.
The case which is also seeking costs for the damages caused to
Mabirizi in pursuit of the case is yet to be fixed for hearing.
Previously, Mabirizi also instituted criminal cases accusing
Kyagulanyi of having lied about his age and date of birth when he was
joining the 10th Parliament as the Kyadondo East MP and when he was
registering to get a passport from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
But the DPP has since taken over these cases which are scattered in Kampala and
Wakiso Courts and have since stalled after the mentioned government
department's delay to provide him with supporting documents as evidence.
Mabirizi has revealed that even if DPP takes over this case, it
will not stall because Makerere University has already provided him with all
the necessary evidence to have Kyagulanyi convicted.
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Kyagulanyi has since indicated that he swore an affidavit
rectifying the discrepancies in his dates of birth where some documents show he
was born in 1982 and others in 1980. He says that he skipped one of the classes
in Primary School and had to alter it on the advice of his father.