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Makerere taken to another court over MP Kato Lubwama

Kato Lubwama's academic credentials being questioned.
Kato Lubwama’s academic credentials being questioned.

The petitioner in the embattled Kato Lubwama case has dragged Makerere University to another court, seeking to know how the Member of Parliament (MP) was admitted through the mature age entry process.

Habib Buwembo, the applicant in the Lubwama High Court case, has petitioned the Chief Magistrate Court in Mengo seeking orders compelling Makerere University to grant him access to policies on Special University Entrance Examinations both before and after 1998.

Buwembo who maintains he is not about to give up, wants to ascertain whether Lubwama sat and passed these exams before being admitted for a Diploma in Music Dance and Drama in 1992.

Through Centre for Legal Aid, Buwembo sued Makerere University saying that the university falls within the jurisdiction of the said Mengo Magistrate Court, and if he does not get what he is looking for in the High Court, he will get it in the lower court.

He argues that the policies which the Academic Registrar is concealing, if divulged, will reveal that Kato Lubwama didn’t qualify to get admission for the mature age entry examination.

Buwembo says according to the few documents he was availed by Makerere, one can apply and be admitted for Mature Age Entry when he is 25years of age and above. Buwembo’s petition claims that Kato Lubwama was 22 years when he applied and got admitted on /October 3, 1992, having stated his date of birth to be August 1970.

Buwembo adds that Lubwama was also required to have a minimum of formal education of PLE and UCE but none of the certificates are on record yet UNEB too disowned him recently.

Chief Magistrate Esther Nansambu has fixed hearing of this application for November 17, 2016.

Meanehile, the High Court will this Friday rule on whether to have Makerere University join as a respondent with Kato Lubwama and the Electoral commission, in Buwembo’s application seeking permission to file an election petition to oust his area MP from the 10th parliament on grounds of lack of the requisite academic qualifications.


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