Mbidde, Mabikke Move to Block Review of Exam Malpractice Report

2195 Views Kampala, Uganda

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The duo wants court to declare that the Centre’s forensic report on the Bar Course covering the period of 2004/5 and 2010/11 is null and void since the committee instituted to conduct it, was unconstitutional.

Two politicians who are accused of possessing fake academic papers from the Law Development Centre (LDC), have asked court to temporarily block the Centre from scrutinising the exam malpractice and reviewing of the recommendations of the forensic audit report of malpractice until their substantive suit is heard.

The politicians who filed their application before the High Court in Kampala yesterday include; Mr Fred Mukasa Mbidde, an MP of the East African Legislative Assembly and Mr Mike Mabikke, ( ex-Makindye East and current president of Social Democratic Party).

The duo wants court to declare that the Centre’s forensic report on the Bar Course covering the period of 2004/5 and 2010/11 is null and void since the committee instituted to conduct it, was unconstitutional.

According to court documents, the scrutinising review of the forensic audit begun on January 1 and runs up to February 28, 2013.

The committee that was appointed by the director of the Centre to investigate examination malpractice, comprised Dr Rose Nakayi, Dr Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala, Miriam Achieng and Everest Turyahikayo.

The report that was then submitted to the director on November 30, 2012, among others recommending the withdraw of the MPs’ diplomas in legal practice and also calling for criminal proceedings to be instituted against them.


Court records show that Mr Mbidde’s marks of criminal law were altered and that his diploma should be recalled.

What is at stake is that in Uganda, you cannot remain and practice as an advocate of the High Court once you don’t have the Bar course diploma certificate from LDC.

The two applicants, claim the Centre never gave them a hearing before they came up with what they called defamatory recommendations, which action, they say is against natural rules of justice of fair hearing for which they are seeking for damages.

Mr Mbidde, who is also DP’s Chief Legal Advisor, claims in his affidavit to not have been implicated in any examination malpractice during his studies that he completed successfully in September 2009.

The committee was established after marks at the Centre were tampered with by white washing on the mark sheets.

There were also a number of cases of variances between marks recorded on the mark sheet and those presented to the Board of examiners for some candidates.

The committee after the investigations, among others recommended for the recalling of some legal diploma certificates of some of the candidates acquired through fraud.