A newly appointed Magistrate, Ammaari Musa Semwogerere has been apprehended and axed for masking as a woman to sit for exams for his girlfriend at the Law Development Centre (LDC) in Lira, Uganda.
According to local media, Semwogerere was promoted by the Judicial Service Commission to the position of Magistrate Grade One on probation two weeks ago.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2023, Semwogerere, alias Mukisa Anthony, was caught red-handed while writing an examination for a his girlfriend, a Bar Course student identified as Irene Mutonyi, at the Law Development Centre (LDC) Lira Campus.
Authorities at the campus reported the matter to the police and the suspect was arrested and charged with two counts of forgery, and a count of impersonation.
On Friday, July 28, he appeared before the Lira Chief Magistrate who remanded him to prison till August 3, 2023.
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 contrary to Section 381 of the Penal Code Act.
Following the incident, the Judiciary issued a statement terminating Semwogerere’s new appointment.
“The Judiciary would like to inform the general public that Mr. Semwogerere Ammaari Musa, one of the newly recruited Magistrates I will not be employed into the Judiciary Service,” the letter reads in part.