Lawyer Male Mabirizi has reached out to the Electoral Commission (EC) casting doubt over the academic credentials of the Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine.
“The said documents are required to satisfy the doubts that Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu possesses the said qualifications as per his details available at www.parliament.co.ug,” Mabirizi says.
According to an August 10, 2020, letter seen by this website, Mabirizi raises many questions over the credentials of the presidential hopeful which he says do not tally with his age.
“He was born in 1982 and sat A’level at 16 years, O’level at 13, Primary Leaving Examinations at 9 and joined Primary 1 at 2 years,” Mabirizi intimates.
As such, Mabirizi is now requesting for Kyagulanyi’s original documents that he used to contest for the Kyadondo East By-election back in 2017.
“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 or its equivalent, certified copies of which I am now applying for, pursuant to article 41 of the Uganda 1995 Constitution and Section 5 of the Access to Information Act 2005,” Mabirizi states further.
According to Section 4 (3) (c) of the Parliamentary Elections Act of 2005, for one to contest as a Member of Parliament, he or she must possess an Advanced Level Certificate.
Whereas Mabirizi’s argues that it is his civic duty as a citizen to hold leaders accountable, it risks being categorized as a calculated machination to frustrate Kyagulanyi’s Presidential bid.
Last week, a group of Ugandans led by Lilian Odinga and Edward Seremba challenged the manner in which Bobi Wine acquired the National Unity Platform (NUP).
Bobi Wine has, however, rubbished their allegations as a desperate attempt to stop his fast rising political career.