Musa Semwogerere, a recently appointed magistrate, was detained for pretending to be a woman in order to take his girlfriend’s exams at the Law Development Centre (LDC) in Lira, Uganda.
According to local media, he was promoted to the rank of grade one magistrate by the Judicial Service Commission two weeks ago.
Semwogerere, fondly called Mukisa Anthony, was caught red-handed on Friday, July 28, 2023, while writing exams for his girlfriend, Irene Mutonyi.
The accused has been charged with two counts of forgery and remanded to prison until August 3. Pictures of him dressed as a woman with braided hair have gone viral on social media and stirred reactions.
LDC director Frank Nigel Othembi, in a statement, said Semwogerere’s offense was in contravention of Section 351 of the Penal Code Act and impersonation was contrary to Section 381 of the Penal Code Act.
Othembi said; “We reported the matter to the Police and he has been charged with two counts of uttering a false document contrary to Section 351 of the Penal Code Act and Impersonation contrary to Section 381 of the Penal Code Act and remanded to prison till August, 3, 2023. We will ensure that this case is prosecuted fully to its conclusion, including all other culpable persons.
“LDC is currently conducting final written examinations across all its three Campuses- Kampala, Lira and Mbarara. LDC does not condone any act of examination malpractice. We will continue with our zero-tolerance policy towards any such conduct.”
In another statement, the Judiciary confirmed that the suspect was a grade one magistrate appointed recently by the Judicial Service Commission but revealed that he will be relieved of his appointment.
“Semwogerere Ammaari Musa was appointed a judicial officer on June 12, 2023 by the Judicial Service Commission alongside 86 other persons to the position of Magistrate Grade One on probation. According to the Chief Registrar, Her Worship Sarah Langa Siu, the Judiciary is finalizing the appointment process of the said officers after which they will be sworn in,” the judiciary said.
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