By Stephen Okhutu
OPINION: Bobi Wine, a darling of the people power supporters is under attack by a section of the community who accuse him of not qualifying for presidency on ground that he did not complete A Level. (See attached image).
This is my opinion on why I think Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) qualifies for presidency and why the Electoral Commission must put him on the ballot paper, contrary to what Mabirizi thinks.
- The law requires a minimum education of A Level or it’s equivalent for one to be elected as a president
- The law requires A Level not senior six. The two are completely different. Read again!
- The onus of proof on whether one sat A Level lies on UNEB and for equivalency, it lies on the National Council for Higher Education. Not on the Electoral Commission or Robert Kyagulanyi.
- According to practises, UNEB does not examine based on the years one spent in school but the ability to pass exams. Case study; With Functional adult education, a person can sit PLE even when he didn’t complete the 7 years in primary. Same is with O level and A Level. This system is actually respected by UNEB and recognized the legal framework in Uganda as a good practice. Am sure, Mabirizi being a lawyer, he is required by practice to be learned and should therefore be able to know this.
Issues; When you say Bobi did not complete the two years at A Level, on which enabling law are you relying your augment on if you don’t consult the education laws?
What is your motive to petition the electoral commission against a person who has not even been nominated when you can petition the body which issued the documents which you are contesting? Did UNEB deny the certificate in the first place?
I would advise my friend Male Mabirizi to get learned about the operations of UNEB.
In case the letter attached to this post is authentic anyway. Otherwise I have no liability on the content of this image. It’s just an internet image of which I have no claim.
Or perhaps he is just doing his Job? I said Job!