By Spy Uganda
The directorate of public prosecutions (DPP) has discontinued case proceedings against the National Unity Platform (NUP) president and presidential flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi over his doctored age.
Male Mabirizi last year instituted the proceedings against Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, alleging that he had committed criminal offences by lying about his date of birth.
Later, the DPP took over the case saying that the law mandates her to take over all the criminal proceedings in the country.
“Pursuant to Article 120 (3) (c) of the constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995 and section 43 (1) (a) of the Magistrates Courts Act Cap 16, the director of public prosecutions is taking over and will continue to conduct the criminal proceedings in this case,” said the DPP then adding;
“…in that regard, the complainant is required to furnish the director of public prosecutions all reasonable information, assistance and to furnish any documents or other matters in his possession or under his control regarding this case.”
Now in a fresh development, DPP has issued a withdraw form to the Chief Magistrate Law Development Centre (LDC) informing him that her office have decided to discontinue the proceedings against Kyagulanyi.
Mabirizi alleges that on July 11, 2017, Kyagulanyi gave false information to the clerk to parliament who is a public officer that he was born on February 12, 1982, well knowing that it was false. As a result, Mabirizi contends that the clerk to parliament entered that false information on their website. He also alleges that in March 2000, Kyagulanyi lied to the passport office at the ministry of Internal Affairs that he was 18 years yet according to Mabirizi’s evidence, Kyagulanyi was 20 years old then.
Mabirizi’s decision to petition court started after information on the parliament website indicated that Kyagulanyi was born in 1982, completed primary level of education at nine years, lower secondary at 13 years and advanced level at 16.
Mabirizi doubted whether Kyagulanyi studied primary one at just two years. Mabirizi later managed to get documents also with discrepancies thus petitioning the court. This case is fixed for hearing before Grade One senior magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis on September 10, 2020.
Meanwhile, Kyagulanyi day’s back admitted to doctoring his age, saying it was done by his father to enable him to sit for the Primary Leaving Exams (PLE) after being catapulted straight from primary six. He says he later swore an affidavit in court in March 2000 to correct the anomaly.