Mbidde, Mabikke Win LDC Alleged Fake Papers Case

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The High Court in Kampala has stopped the on-going Law Development Centre (LDC) Kania probe that is investigating exam malpractice at the institution.

The High Court in Kampala has stopped the on-going Law Development Centre (LDC) Kania probe that is investigating exam malpractice at the institution.
 
Justice Vinecent Zehurikise in his ruling held that the Kania committee was not properly constituted thus giving breathing space to two prominent politicians who double as lawyers as their papers were at the verge of being recalled over alleged involvement in exam mal practice. 
 
The politicians who got the relief are; Mr Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the East African Legislative Assembly MP) and Mr Mike Mabikke, ex-Makindye East MP and current president of Social Democratic Party.
 
An earlier forensic audit report by the same institution which was under review by another committee called the Kania committee, had also recommend the lodging of criminal charges against the duo.
 
Justice Zehurikize, in his 34 page ruling read out for him by High Court assistant registrar civil division, John Eudes Keitirima, asked LDC to properly institute another committee if they are still interested in investigating the examination mal practice at the institution.
 
The ruling in part states that the Kania Committee is not properly constituted as it was appointed in violation of the provisions of section 16 of the LDC Act. It lacks jurisdiction to carry out investigations. It is not competent to discharge the duties entrusted to it.
 
The ruling leaves room for LDC though to once again legally constitute a committee to carry out investigations which are the subject of the application.
 
The judge also held that such a committee should be appointed as provided for under section 16 of the LDC Act.
 
When contacted, the Centre’s Secretary, Ms Joyce Werikhe, said they will first scrutinise the ruling before they come up with a decision that will be communicated to the media later.
 
Shortly after the ruling, a jolly Mabikke said the ruling was justified because LDC which teaches law cannot be the very institution that faults the law.
 
Mabikke said though they were jubiliant over this win, they would be vigilant and fight any attempt by LDC to constitute another committee because it is about witching hunting them.
 
Several lawyers, who were also affected by this ongoing exam mal practice probe, were seen flocking the court to acquire for themselves a copies of the ruling that would be used as a reference.
 
Last year, due to massive examination malpractice at LDC, the institution decided to institute a forensic audit probe committee to investigate the irregularities committed by its students between the period of 2004/05 and 2010/11.
 
15 former students including; Mr Mbidde and Mr Mabikke, had their papers queried. 
 
Court records had showed that Mr Mbidde’s marks of criminal law were altered.
 
The examination malpractices among others included; tampering of the marks on the mark sheets by way of white washing them.
 
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.
 
What is at stake is that in Uganda is that you cannot remain and practice as an advocate of the High Court once you don’t the Bar course diploma certificate from LDC.

 

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