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Kyagulanyi’s accusations of improper admission to Makerere University

Kyagulanyi's accusations of improper admission to Makerere University have been dropped by the DPP.

Kyagulanyi’s accusations of improper admission to Makerere University have been dropped by the DPP.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped charges against National Unity Platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine, for fraudulent admission to Makerere University.

Last year, lawyer Male Mabirizi filed a complaint against Kyagulanyi, who graduated from the university with a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama-MDD over 20 years ago, arguing that the singer-turned-politician was ineligible for admittance.

Mabirizi claimed that Kyagulanyi, who was 20 at the time, was registered as a student of MDD on a mature age entry scheme on October 21, 2000, in violation of the Makerere University Prospectus of 1999/2000-2000/2001, which stated that to be admitted for the mature age entry at the time, a candidate had to be at least 25 years old or have completed formal education at least five years prior to the year of admission to the university.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, on the other hand, took over the criminal case.

The DPP, Jane Frances Abodo, wrote to the Law Development Centre Magistrate on Monday to advise her that the charges against the opposition politician had been dismissed.

“This is to inform the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to drop the charges against Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, who was charged with obtaining registration by false pretense in violation of section 312 of the Penal Code Act cap 120,” Abodo said in the withdrawal form filed in court.

Mabirizi shuffles his feet.

Lawyer Mabirizi, on the other hand, objected to the action, claiming that he had never agreed to the DPP’s takeover in the first place.

“I applied to the court on January 4, 2022 to have the case transferred back to me because the DPP had failed the case, but also because under Article 120(3)(d) of the Constitution, the DPP has no authority to withdraw a private prosecution except with the permission of the court, and by doing so, the DPP was abusing her office.”

He claimed that the Academic Registrar, Bursar, and himself were prepared to charge Kyagulanyi with illegally gaining admission to Makerere University.

After the DPP dismissed the charges, the lawyer stated he will continue to file more evidence, motions, and authorities in support of hearing the case under his own private prosecution.

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