The newly appointed Deputy Attorney General of Uganda, Mwesigwa Rukutana is on spot over his academic papers.
Rukutana who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Rushenyi County, Ntungamo District, is the latest victim to face the Tanga Odoi NRM Electoral Commission verification committee after it has emerged that he never passed Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), but instead rode on somebody’s academic papers.
It is alleged that Rukutana instead used another person’s results identified as Mwesigwa Barati to be admitted to secondary and since then he has been using the same name.
Rukutana is facing tough competition from his relative Amon Atwebembere Kamugyene, people’s favorite Justus Karuhanga from Rwabaramira in Rubaare and Nyongozi Herbert from Kayonza.
In a petition to the NRM Electoral Commission that this reporter saw, one Julius Twesigye petitions that Rukutana should be investigated since he has been using papers belonging to another person who is still alive and uses his personal names.
“Mwesigwa Barati is a living person and a registered voter whose names the above candidate uses. He also has a chequered history in Kigezi high school where he allegedly sat his O’level; he used the names Mwesigwa Barati,” reads the petition.
According to the petition by Twesigye Julius, Rukutana in A’level used the same names Mwesigwa Barati and at Makerere he used the same names which belong to the other person.
“During the constituency assembly, he was using his true names Mugasha Francis he has since dropped and now he is using Mwesigwa Rukutana which is a combination of all the names to cover up,”Julius adds, in a petition.
The petitioner wants Rukutana who is contesting in NRM primaries to be disqualified over forged papers.
By press time, Rukutana’s known phone number could not be reached and the message that was sent him had not been replied.
NRM’s Electoral Commission Chairman has since vowed to disqualify all candidates whose academic papers will be found wanting, with a number of petitions against some candidates hitting 400.
Rukutana was appointed deputy Attorney General on 1 March 2015, replacing Fred Ruhindi, who was appointed Attorney General.
Prior to that, between 27 May 2011 and 1 March 2015, he served as the State Minister for Labour.
He was appointed to this position on 27 May 2011. He replaced Emmanuel Otala, who was dropped from the Cabinet.
Prior to that, he served as the State Minister for Higher Education, from 16 February 2009 until 27 May 2011.