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Electricity Court Convicts Electrician For Forging Academic Documents

On 20th November 2020, the Standards, Utilities and Wildlife Court (the Electricity Court) sentenced an electrician; Oryema Richard to Seven (7) Months imprisonment and a fine of Uganda Shillings One Million (UGX 1,000,000).

This sentencing was on account of Oryema knowingly and fraudulently presenting to the Electricity Regulatory Authority a forged Academic Transcript allegedly issued by the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) under Lugogo Vocational Training Institute.

Oryema presented a forged Transcript number UBTEB/TR 0079496 for the Academic Year 2013/2014 to ERA in a bid to acquire an Electrical Installation Permit.

Aged 39, Oryema, a resident of Kamwokya in Kampala, applied to the Electricity Regulatory Authority for an Installation Permit and appeared for an interview on the 4th of December 2019, where he submitted a forged Transcript.

He was arrested and presented before the Standards, Utilities, and Wildlife Court on the 19th of February 2020 and thereafter convicted on 20th November 2020.  He was convicted by Magistrate Marion Mangeni. The conviction was as a result of Contravention of Section 347 of the Penal Code Act.

While sentencing Oryema, Magistrate Mangeni cautioned Electricians against presenting forged Academic Documents to ERA in a bid to acquire Installation Permits, noting that in case Unqualified Electricians acquired Permits, they risked carrying out sub-standard installation works that were a danger to life and property.

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