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Ssekikubo petitioned the High Court Civil Division on April 24th to block LDCs graduation saying his name was missing on the graduation list because of failing two papers yet some of his course mates who had failed more papers were set to graduate.
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High court has dismissed an application filed by the Lwemiyaga County Member of Parliament, Theodore Ssekikubo to block the 45th graduation ceremony of Law Development Centre, saying it lacks merit.

Ssekikubo petitioned the High Court Civil Division on April 24th to block LDC's graduation saying his name was missing on the graduation list because of failing two papers yet some of his course mates who had failed more papers were set to graduate.

He asked court to block the graduation scheduled for Friday April 27th until LDC addresses his grievances. Ssekikubo has been pursuing post graduate Diploma Bar course from LDC.

He however, failed the Civil Litigation and Corporate and Commercial practice papers. Ssekikubo's application for the interim injunction came up on Thursday afternoon for hearing before High Court Civil Division Registrar, Sarah Langa.

Through his lawyer, Caleb Alaka, Sekikubo submitted that only 57 out of the 200 students who sat LDC exams in 2017 passed. He however, said that he was shocked to look at the graduation list to discover that his course mates who failed more than four papers were scheduled to graduate yet his name was missing on the list.

"The applicant failed one subject but the management committee of LDC asserted the powers of the Board Examiners and caused more than 200 students who had failed to graduate and for no reasons, the list excluded him", said Alaka.

Alaka noted that Ssekikubo too, has a fundamental right to graduate just like his colleagues. However, the LDC lawyer, Dr. James Akampumuza told court that Ssekikubo scored 37 percent yet the pass mark is 50 percent, adding that even when he sat the supplementary papers he failed to score the pass mark. 

He explained that LDC published the list of graduands on December 21st 2017 and wonders why the applicant only ran to court in the last days when the preparations for the graduation are ready. In her ruling, Langa dismissed the application for interim orders on grounds that it lacks merit.

She explained that court will probe how more than 200 students are scheduled to graduate yet they didn't qualify. She therefore adjourned court to May 30th, 2018 for the hearing of the main application.

Ssekikubo told URN outside court that he expected the case to be dismissed, arguing that the Court Registrar is one of the examiners at LDC.

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Akampumuza, who was in the company of Frank Nigel Othembi, the Director of LDC told URN that he was only concerned about the parents who have gathered for the graduation from different parts of the country.

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