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Judiciary dismisses magistrate caught sitting exam for LDC student

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Judicial Service Commission has dismissed one Ammaari Musa Ssemwogerere, a newly appointed grade one magistrate who was earlier this week caught sitting a law exam for another person.

Ssemwogerere was on Wednesday, July 26, found sitting an examination for one of the Bar Course students, known as Irene Mutonyi at the LDC, Lira campus.

“We have since determined that the said ‘Mukisa Anthony’ [names he used as an imposter] is actually Ssemwogerere Ammaari Musa, a recently appointed Magistrate Grade I in the Uganda Judiciary,” LDC said in the Friday statement.

Subsequently, Ssemwogerere who was charged and remanded to Lira main prison over impersonation and uttering a false document has now been sacked from judicial service according to a statement from Ms Sarah Langa Siu, the Chief Registrar.

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Ms Langa said in a Friday statement that whereas Mr Ssemwogerere 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, he will not be employed since his offence is contrary to the Penal Code Act and the code of conduct of the judicial officers.

“The Judiciary would like to inform the general public that Mr Ssemwogerere Ammaari Musa, one of the newly recruited Magistrates Grade I will not be employed into the Judiciary Service,” Ms Langa said.

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Mr Ssemwogerere faces two counts of charges, including; uttering a false document contrary to Section 351 of the Penal Code Act and Impersonation contrary to Section 381 of the Penal Code Act.

“The Judiciary reiterates its commitment to upholding its core values of independence, impartiality, transparency, professionalism, integrity, and accountability,” added Ms Langa.

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