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Court Rejects Application to Summon Education Officials over Academic Documents

During the hearing at Kabale High Court Mutabazi’s lawyer, Akram Matovu asked the court to summon top officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports, National Council for Higher Education to appear before the court to defend the legitimacy of Bizimana’s academic credentials.
Hon.Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu (with grey hair) trying to reconcile Bizimana and Mutabazi (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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The High Court in Kabale has rejected an application by Milton Bazanye Mutabazi, the former Kisoro LCV Chairperson to summon Ministry of Education and Uganda Martyrs University officials to explain the authenticity of Abel Bizimana’s academic documents.

Bizimana, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party defeated Mutabazi with 55,567 votes while Mutabazi garnered 13,234 votes.

However, Mutabazi petitioned the court demanding for nullification of Bizimana’s results on grounds that his academic documents are fake.  Mutabazi argued that Bizimana during his nomination presented a transcript of a Master’s Degree in Health Science from Uganda Martyrs University, yet there is evidence that he did not complete Advanced Level as well as a Bachelor’s degree. 

During the hearing on Thursday at Kabale High Court Mutabazi’s lawyer, Akram Matovu asked the court to summon top officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports, National Council for Higher Education to appear before the court to defend the legitimacy of Bizimana’s academic credentials.  He also asked the court to summon top officials of Uganda Martyrs University to appear before the court and explain why they admitted Bizimana to pursue a Master’s degree yet he had no Bachelor’s degree. 

He also said that the University needs to explain how Bizimana was admitted at the university in 2007 and graduated in 2008.  

However, Bizimana’s lawyers Solomon Sadam and Alex Kibandama of Ortus Africa Advocates asked the court to reject the application saying that the trial of the election petition is only based on evidence that was filed but no cross-examination.  They also say that Mutabazi and his lawyers had not included summoning of education ministry and Uganda Martyrs University officials in their affidavit that is already filed before the court. 

Justice Phillip Odoki rejected Mutabazi’s application of summoning the officials saying that reasons will be explained in the copy of the judgment.

Mutabaizi’s lawyer asked leave of court to file additional affidavits to pin Bizimana. But Bizimana’s lawyers Solomon Sadam and Alex Kibandama asked the court to quash the application saying that time for filling additional affidavits elapsed on August 16. 

Justice Odoki in his ruling also rejected Mutabazi lawyer’s submission saying that reasons will also be included in the final judgment.  

Without specifying the exact date, Justice Odoki said that the judgment will be delivered on notice through e-mails.  After the court session, Mutabazi and Matovu said that the judge’s decision on the application is normal and there is no need to worry because the case hearing is still ongoing.

Bizimana says that he is waiting for the court’s decision but he is sure that all his academic credentials are genuine.

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After the court session, Bizimana and Mutabazi were seen in a meeting with Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu, the Bukimbiri county Member of Parliament who wants the two rivals to reconcile and settle the matter out of court.

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