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Judiciary pins staff over fake academic papers

By Vision Reporters

Added 12th February 2018 07:51 AM

Process servers are needed in an assortment of tasks, such as filing court papers, serving and retrieving legal documents.

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Process servers are needed in an assortment of tasks, such as filing court papers, serving and retrieving legal documents.

PIC: Commissioner of judiciary Josephine Muwonge after appearing before the Buganda Road Court. (Credit: Wilfred Sanya)

JUSTICE


By Farooq Kasule and  Desire Amanya


KAMPALA - Josephine Muwonge, the judiciary’s commissioner of human resource, has confirmed to court that one of their employees forged academic papers for the position of a process server.

Muwonge, 54, was testifying in a case where the interdicted judiciary process server, Paul Musisi Tusubira, is accused of presenting forged academic papers for the position.

The court was presided over by Grade One magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.

Muwonge told court that the judiciary’s permanent secretary, Expedito Kagole Kivumbi, ordered for a probe into Tusubira’s academic papers after he found out he was working as an office attendant in the accounts department, yet he had been employed as a process server.

“The permanent secretary found it erroneous for Tusubira, who was employed as a process server, to work as an office attendant, and ordered for a probe into his academic papers,” Muwonge said.

Tusubira joined the judiciary in 1997 as a cleaner, before later applying for the position of a process server in 2002.

Process servers are needed in an assortment of tasks, such as filing court papers, serving and retrieving legal documents.

However, their principle job is to serve legal documents to a defendant or person involved in a court case.

According to Muwonge, Kagole later convened a meeting attended by Tusubira and revealed to them that the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) had confirmed that Tusubira’s Senior Four result slip was not authentic.

“During the meeting, Tusubira admitted forging the Senior Four slip, but prayed for forgiveness, saying he was looking for survival. But Kagole told him he had no power to forgive him,” Muwonge testified.

Although Tusubira recently told court that Muwonge helped him to secure the job, she denied the allegations, saying she was not in charge by the time.

“I became the judiciary’s commissioner, human resource in July 2002, but the accused applied for the job earlier. My only job was to conduct the interview and I did not know who submitted what,” she said.

When probed by Tusubira, who represented himself, whether someone can forge academic papers and go through the public service vetting process, Muwonge said she could not speak for the commission because it is an independent body.

Tusubira claims the academic slip in contention is not his and never submitted the same.

The forged certificate indicates that Tusubira sat his ‘O’ Level at Jinja Senior Secondary School, whereas not.

He contends that he is Paul Musisi Tusubira while the academic slip bears the names of Tusubira M. Paul.

Prosecution alleges that in 2002, Tusubira forged a Senior Four slip to apply for the position of a process server in the judiciary.

Clare Asiimwe, a senior assistant secretary in the judiciary, also told court that during the November 6, 2017 meeting, Tusubira admitted to the forgery of the academic slip and asked for forgiveness.

Recently, Tusubira told court he is being targeted by Kagole. He said there are people employed in the judiciary because they speak good English, like him, but have no academic papers.

 

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