Court: MP Namujju has Case to Answer

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Namujju is on trial for four counts of forgery of stamp of office, signature and deed poll from Uganda Registration Services Bureau URSB to support her academic qualifications. Prosecution alleges that on 15th August 2015, Namujju forged the signature of Leah Agnes Kisaalu, an official from URSB when she wanted to change her names from Cissy Namujju to Cissy Dionozia Namujju.

Court in Masaka has ordered Lwengo Woman Member of Parliament Cissy Namujju to defend herself after prosecution provided sufficient evidence pinning her for forgery.
  
Namujju is on trial for four counts of forgery of stamp of office, signature and deed poll from Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) to support her academic qualifications.
  
Prosecution alleges that on 15th August 2015, Namujju forged the signature of Leah Agnes Kisaalu, an official from URSB when she wanted to change her names from Cissy Namujju to Cissy Dionozia Namujju.
  
Prosecution further says that after forging Kisaaalu's signature, Namujju also forged a stamp of URSB before uttering them to Electoral Commission during her nomination to contest for Lwengo Woman parliamentary seat.
  
Prosecution presented six witnesses who pinned Namujju for forgery. Among the witnesses is Baker Byayi, a resident of Mawogola in Sembabule district, who told court that Namujju forged her Advanced level certificates.
  
According to Byayi, Namujju dropped out of school in Senior Two and forged both Ordinary and Advanced level certificates which she presented during her nomination.
  
URSB official Leah Agnes Kisaalu told court that while Namujju claims in her documents that she authorised her change of names, she was not working in Kampala at the time. She told court that her signature was forged since that time she had been transferred to Mbale where she is still based.
  
Namujju's lawyer Geoffrey Kandeebe had asked court to dismiss the case on grounds that prosecution had miserably failed to even attempt to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
  
He told court on Tuesday that Prosecution did not present hand-writing experts to examine the purported forgery.
  
But this today, Aisha Nabukeera, the Grade One Magistrate ruled that prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to prove the four counts.
  
 She noted that after carefully evaluating and examining the evidence, she has found that Namujju has a case to answer.
  
Joseph Wasswa, another counsel for Namujju asked court for three weeks' adjournment to prepare their defense. He argued that since he is engaged in the Court of Appeal, he needed time first finish business in the higher court.
  
However, Nabukeera declined to give a lengthy adjournment saying this is a serious offence which needs justice as soon as possible.
  
She ordered Namujju to defend herself starting on November 23rd.
  
After the ruling, Namujju looked surprised as her supporters consoled her. She spent about 30 minutes inside the court in seemingly deep thoughts.
  
Afterwards, she posed for selfies with her supporters.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.