Shortly after Uganda National Examinations Board [UNEB] cleared him on academic papers, National Unity Platform [NUP] President Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine found himself in another hurdle concerning his birth date.
“This morning, my attention was drawn to an alteration in my information on the website of Parliament,” he said on Saturday.
“My year of birth was altered from 1982 to 1980 without my knowledge. I immediately called the IT department of Parliament and they claimed not to know who made that change.”
Bobi Wine tasked them to explain that and will be speaking to the Director soon. In the meantime, they rectified the anomaly immediately.
“My assurance to all of you friends is that there is no cause for alarm with regard to all my records – whether academic or otherwise. I will soon address all of you about the specifics.”
In the meantime, he asked Ugandans treat these as the usual desperate attempts by the regime to block, embarrass or detract its opponents.
Unfortunately, at every interval, they have always easily found some tools to use in these shameful manoeuvres, he said.
“They have done worse things and they will do more, but NOTHING, COMPLETELY NOTHING will stop our revolution.”
City lawyer Male Mabirizi recently filed a petition in court saying Bobi Wine is not fit to stand as a presidential candidate because of questionable academic papers.
On 10th August, Mabirizi applied to the Electoral Commission requesting certified copies of academic papers Bobi Wine provided during his nomination for the bye-election for Kyadondo East Constituency in 2017.
He claimed Bobi Wine sat A-level at age 16, O-level at 13 and Primary Leaving Examination at 9 years.
The academic papers EC show Bobi Wine’s birth year as 1980 which is different from that on the parliamentary website showing 1982.
The documents also show that Bobi Wine got an F9 in Mathematics at O-level and failed to pass General Paper at A-level.
Daniel Odongo, UNEB Executive secretary, confirmed that Bobi Wine sat both his S4 and S6 exams at Kitante Hill and Kololo S.S.
Regarding the dates, Odongo clarified that prior to 1998, UACE exams were issued in March, but in the same year the board started issuing the exams in November/December as the rest of the exams.
“So in effect, in 1998, UNEB conducted two (2) sets of UACE exams as a transition from the March cycle to November/December cycle. The cohort of candidates who sat for their UCE examinations in 1996, including Kyagulanyi Robert, sat for their UACE examinations in November /December 1998.”
A dissatisfied Mabirizi wrote back to UNEB to clarify on discrepancies in the names of Kyagulanyi whereby at UCE he used double S in the name Ssentamu while at A-level he used a single S.
He demanded to know why the results which were presented at the Electoral Commission indicated that he sat for his final examinations (UACE) in March 1998 yet UNEB says that exams were held in November /December.
He also has a diploma in music, dance and drama from Makerere University in 2003 and not a degree, Mabirizi insists.