The Law Development Centre court in Kampala has summoned National Unity Platform president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to appear in court and take plea on charges related to obtaining false registration to Makerere University.
The former presidential candidate is required to appear before court without fail on October 7 at midday to answer to criminal charges levied against him in a case filed by lawyer Male Mabirizi.
“Whereas your attendance is necessary to answer to charge of obtaining registration by false pretense contrary to section 312 of the Penal Code Act Cap. 120; You are hereby commanded by the Uganda government to appear in this court on the 7th October 2021 at 12:00 noon or soon thereafter as the case may be heard,” states the legal document issued by grade one magistrate Augustine Alule.
Kyagulanyi graduated from Makerere University about 20 years ago with a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama-MDD. However, Mabirizi claims that the singer cum politician obtained this through a fraudulent process.
According to the city lawyer, 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 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.
Section 312 of the Penal Code Act 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 misdemeanor and is liable for imprisonment for one year.
In support of his case, Mabirizi also submitted other certified copies of evidence from the 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 the ’39-year-old’ singer 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.