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MP Wakayima Cleared of Forgery

According to the report which was released on February 25th 2020, but its findings made public in court on Tuesday for the first time, the investigations led police to UNEB where the academic transcripts in question were verified by the national examination body and were found to be genuine.
Nansana Municipality MP Hannington Wakayima Musoke Nsereko

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The Uganda Police has cleared the Nansana Municipality Member of Parliament Wakayima Musoke Hannington Nsereko of forgery allegations.

According to the report signed by Bernard Sisye Kiirya on behalf of the Director of Criminal Investigations, the MP who was previously known as Hannington Musoke added two names ‘Wakayima and Nsereko’ on his original name after bowing to pressure from clan elders.



The investigations by police were triggered by a case of forgery filed against Wakayima in 2016 by his rival Robert Kasule Ssebunya accusing him of forgery of several documents.  

The documents included academic documents, nomination papers from the Electoral Commission, National Identification Card, Certificate of confirmation, passport among others.

According to the report which was released on February 25th 2020, but its findings made public in court on Tuesday for the first time,  the investigations led police to UNEB where the academic transcripts in question were verified by the national examination body and were found to be genuine.

  "A visit was made to the former schools where the accused claimed to have studied from including Nansana Catholic School whose headteacher confirmed to us that Musoke Hannington sat for his PLE in 1988 under index number 24150350" reads the report.

It adds that "it was also confirmed from Old Kampala SS that the suspect studied at the school from senior three to senior four where he sat for his UACE at the school in 1997 under index number U0512/535"  

The records also show that Musoke Hannington never studied at Namagabi SS but sat for his UACE examination at the school because his school Yale High was not registered with UNEB

" At Yale High School, no record was traced because the school had changed hands over time which led to mismanagement of records", reads the report in part.

It further shows that the detectives went to the Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo and they discovered that the legislator studied from there and he concluded his exams in 1999 and accordingly earned himself a Diploma in Secondary Education.

The report further indicates that in the year 2016, the accused secured a passport bearing the names of Musoke Wakayima which expired and then got another one in the name-bearing Wakayima Musoke Nsereko Hannington and;    a national Identification Card in the name-bearing Wakayima Musoke Hannington Nsereko before changing it to Wakayima Musoke Nsereko for elective politics. 

"The suspect over time has changed names by adding two names " Wakayima and Nsereko" which he explained and confirmed by his relatives and elders, that he adopted these traditional two names following the death of his grandfather Wakayima Nsereko who had made him an heir ", reads the report in part.

Adding, "as a traditionalist, he bowed to the clan elder's pressure for him to adopt the grandfather's two names Wakayima and Nsereko".

The Police further indicate that on December 3rd 2019, they submitted to Buganda Road Court Resident State Attorney the file for perusal and legal advice and it was returned with advice that all the names belonged to one person.

 "On December 10th 2019, the file was forwarded back to police with an opinion that there was enough proof the contested names belonged to the accused, therefore advised the closure and put away of the case file", it reads.

Adding", in conclusion, Musoke Hannington is the same as Musoke Hannington Wakayima Nsereko this was further confirmed by a statutory declaration made on 16th October 2017".

The Court of Appeal in 2017 threw Wakayima out of Parliament arguing that the name under which he was nominated Hannington Wakayima Musoke Nsereko was not in the voter's register.

The court observed that the registered voter was Musoke Hannington Nsereko.   The same court ruled that such discrepancies in Wakayima's names indicated that he also lacks the minimum academic qualifications.

After winning the Nansana Municipality MP seat, his rival Hamis Musoke Walusimbi sued the Electoral Commission and Wakayama whom he accused of lack of academic qualifications.

Walusimbi’s petition on Tuesday came up for hearing before Kampala High Court Judge Lady Justice Henrietta Wolayo and the parties were given timelines within which to file and make their written submissions.

Wakayama's lawyer Richard Latigo has said that there is no case against his client. He says that the police report is one of the key documents they intend to rely on to defend the victory of his client.

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