Perennial litigant Male Mabirizi wants Makerere University to cancel National
Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s diploma in
music, dance and drama over alleged irregularities in admission under mature age
Last year, Mabirizi sued Bobi Wine in Wakiso and Buganda Road Courts for
giving false information after discrepancies in the singer-turned-politician’s age.
But the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) later took over Mabirizi’s case.
On October 16, 2020, High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga upheld Buganda Road
Court’s ruling instructing the DPP to take over the case.
However, a dissatisfied Mabirizi rushed to the East African Court of
Justice (EACJ) challenging Justice Kwesiga’s decision.
As he awaited the EACJ’s ruling, Mabirizi continued seeking further evidence
against Bobi Wine.
On December 22, 2020, Mabirizi asked Makerere University academic registrar
Alfred Namoah Masikye for a copy of policies and rules on mature age entry
admission, particularly for 2000, when the institution admitted Bobi Wine
“I am in receipt of your letter dated 11th December 2020 in which you availed me
certified copies of some academic documents of Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert
Registration number 00/U/3223,” wrote Mabirizi.
“Upon going through the documents, I discovered that born on 12th February
1980, the student sat and passed University Mature Age Entry Examination held on
3rd March, 2000 for entry into the course of Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama
on which basis he was admitted.”
The lawyer suspected Bobi Wine could have used the back door to gain his
admission since the mature age entry policy guidelines could have sieved him out.
“This raised eyebrows given that it is contrary to the long-standing publicly known
policy that mature entry examinations are only sat by individuals above 25 years of
age,” continued Mabirizi.
“On the face of it, he must have committed several offenses and fraud especially
that he enjoyed Government Sponsorship based on mature age entry to which he
was not qualified.”
Indeed, the University Prospectus 1999/2000- 2000/2001 that academic registrar
sent alongside his response to Mabirizi on March 12 shows that the mature age
entry limit was at least 25 years.
“Candidates who are at least 25 years old and who completed formal education at
least five years previous to the year of admission, may apply to sit the mature age
examinations,” reads the policy in part.
Yet Bobi Wine — born on February 12,1980 — was 20 years by the time the
university admitted him in 2000.
Mabirizi wants Bobi Wine’s diploma cancelled.