Controversial lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka doubts Bobi Wine’s academic qualifications. Having been backed by the majority of all change seeking Ugandans, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine has been facing different challenges from those opposing his candidature.
Right from the section of people who claim to be part of the founding members of his currently unveiled party National unity Platform (NUP) who disagree on how he (Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi ) gained the party leadership to the colors of the party particularly red which caused a stampede in the political space.
Yet again on the 10th of August 2020, the controversial lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka wrote to the electoral commission seeking access to the certified academic documents of Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi that he used to contest in the 2017 Kyadondo east by-elections in which he was elected and now seating Member of Parliament.
I address you in my capacity as a civically active Ugandan well aware of your constitutional duty as elaborated under Article 61(1)(d) of the constitution, “to organize, conduct, supervise elections and referenda in accordance with this constitution;” and you indeed held a by-election in Kyadondo east constituency, Wakiso District where Mr. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu participated and declared the winner. In his letter, he wrote.
Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka went on to cite the constitution as follows;
Section 4(3)(c) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2005 provides that “a person is qualified to be a member of Parliament if that person has completed a minimum formal education of advanced level standard or its equivalent.” This means Secondary/High school standard.
It, therefore, means that before nominating the said candidate, he availed to you his academic documents to prove that he completed a minimum formal education of advanced level standard or its equivalent, certified copies of which I am now applying for pursuant to Article 41 of the Ugandan 1995 Constitution and section 5 of The Access to Information Act, 2005.
The said documents are required to satisfy my doubts that the said, Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu possesses the said qualifications given that as per his details available at www.parliamnet.go.ug he was born in 1982 and sat his A ‘level in 1998. The Peculiarity about this is that if the birth year is true, he sat A’level at 16 years, O’level at 13 years, and Primary Leaving Examinations at 9 years and joined primary 1 at 2 years. This doubt can only be satisfied by looking at the academic documents tendered to you at the nomination.
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I am hopeful that you shall comply with the law and avail the documents, he signed and ended the letter.
However, talking to academicians, they have revealed that it’s very possible for Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu to have sat at an early age because back in days the primary section that has seven(7) years, some classes were being skipped before the prohibition of the act by the ministry of education.
And again they punched holes in the allegations by Mabirizi’s doubts about the years of sitting explaining as below;
Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu might have sat A’level at 17 years but when the UNEB registration was done in the month before he clocked 17 years. This applies to O’level and PLE as well. Mabirizi’s calculation gives a lag of a year after every sitting yet someone can sit O’level and Joins A’level in the same year, for example, someone born on the 13th-June-1995 was registered in 2011 around March for UNEB while still 15 years, seat examinations in October while 16 years and joins A ‘level in February while still 16 years.
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