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CIID clears Mbabaali over alleged forgery of academic papers

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By ANTHONY WESAKA

Posted  Thursday, March 6  2014 at  15:17

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In light of report findings dated January 24, 2014, Principal State Attorney Semalemba SP on behalf of the DPP; ordered for the closure of Mr Mbabaali’s file at CIID on grounds that the evidence assembled is weak and does not warrant prosecuting him

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KAMPALA.

The Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) in conjunction with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has cleared former Bukoto County South MP Mohammed Muyanja Mbabaali of allegations that he forged his academic papers hence not being eligible to be a legislator.

In light of report findings dated January 24, 2014, Principal State Attorney Semalemba SP on behalf of the DPP; ordered for the closure of Mr Mbabaali’s file at CIID on grounds that the evidence assembled is weak and does not warrant prosecuting him.

The concluded investigations against Mr Mbabaali who is currently overseeing the docket of Presidential advisor on RDCs, originated from a letter dated 26/10/2010 from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) requesting the CIID to investigate MP Mbabaali’s academic papers.

The academic papers included those obtained from Uganda and abroad to the NCHE for purposes of equating them to the Advanced Level Certificate that would enable him participate in last general elections.

They included; a Diploma in Business Administration from Data Pro Institute as well as a Diploma in accountancy from the Association of Professional Accountancy Students (APAS), among others.

Shortly after last general elections, High Court sitting in Masaka; nullified Mr Mbabaali’s victory for Bukoto County South Parliamentary seat on grounds that he lacked minimum academic qualifications to be an MP, which nullification was later upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Mr Mbabaali was one time nominated as State Minister for Investment but was rejected by the Parliamentary vetting committee over his academic papers that were reportedly lack.

“In view of the above contractions and unsatisfactory situation, it cannot be conclusively held that the said certificate from SIT International was forged,” Principal Sate Attorney observed in his findings
He added: “ we are therefore of the considered opinion that the evidence assembled is not sufficient to warrant the prosecution of the suspect Mohammad Muyanja Mbabaali on the charges of forgery and uttering false documents or any other offense,”

“You are accordingly advised to close and put away the case paper. Your case file is herewith returned for compliance.”
Core to the CIID’s investigations findings were that the documents submitted by Mr Mbabaali that were awarded by Data Pro Institute, APAS and Nkumba University, were confirmed by the respective academic registrars of the institutions as being authentic and were issued by them.

“By virtue that all the above aforementioned institutions did exist and none of them denied the attendance of the suspect in those respective institutions, then the issue of forgery on the part of the suspect cannot