Mbabali\'s Defamation Case Fails to Take Off

The Masaka magistrate one, Taddeo Muinda adjourned the case this morning following the failure by Mbabali to present his academic certificates.
27 Jan 2016 15:34
Ponsiano Matovu(L) and his Lawyer Fredrick Robert Kalule after the court session
Masaka magistrate's court has adjourned a case in, which Muhammad Muyanja Mbabali, the Bukoto South NRM parliamentary candidate, sued Engineer Ponsiano Matovu for defamation following the failure by the complainant to present his academic certificates.



The matter came up for hearing this morning before Taddeo Muinda, the Masaka Grade One magistrate. Mbabali dragged Muinda to court after he was quoted in Kamunye, a Luganda tabloid on July 19th 2015, claiming that Mbabali had paid an unidentified Uganda National Examination Board officials Shillings 200 million to clear his academic certificates.

As a result, court tasked Mbabali to present his academic documents to back his case.

This morning, Mbabali showed up in court with his academic documents. When asked by the magistrate to present the his academic papers, Mbabali started fidgeting to look for them prompting prosecution led by David Katungye to pray for an adjournment to allow him client to bring his papers in court.

He also asked court to cancel Matovu\'s bail on grounds that he is seen at various rallies and heard on different radio stations claiming that Mbabali lacks academic qualifications. However, Fredrick Robert Kalule, the counsel for Matovu asked court to dismissal the application for the cancellation of the bail of his client. 


He asked Katungye to present evidence including audio recordings from the radio talk shows to back up their claims, which he said they didn\'t have. In his ruling, Taddeo Muinda, the Masaka Grade one magistrate agreed to adjourn the hearing to February 5th but declined to cancel Matovu\'s bail.  Mbabali is expected to return to court on February 5th with his academic certificates.

This is not the first time Mbabali\'s academic qualifications have come under contention. Shortly after the 2011 polls, High Court in Masaka nullified Mbabaali\'s victory for the Bukoto South constituency on grounds that he lacked the minimum academic qualifications. 

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