Musa Semwogerere, a newly appointed grade one Magistrate in Uganda, was fired by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after being detained for impersonation and tendering fraudulent documents.
Remember that he was discovered impersonating a woman to take exams for his lover at the Lira Campus of the Law Development Centre (LDC). According to local media, he was one of 86 people appointed by the Commission to the position of Magistrate Grade One on probation.
Following the event, Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu stated in a statement that Semwogerere will no longer be employed since his actions violated the Penal Code Act and the judicial officials’ code of conduct.
“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,” a statement read in part.
It added: “Earlier today Mr Ssemwogerere was remanded to Lira Main Prison having been charged at the Lira Chief Magistrates Court on two counts of 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.”
On Friday, July 28, 2023, Semwogerere, also known as Mukisa Anthony, was caught red-handed while writing exams for his girlfriend, Irene Mutonyi.
The accused has been charged with two counts of forgery and is being held in custody until August 3. Images of him dressed as a woman have gone popular on social media, sparking outrage.
According to LDC director Frank Nigel Othembi, Semwogerere’s conduct violated Section 351 of the Penal Code Act and Impersonation violated Section 381 of the Penal Code Act.
Othembi said; “We reported the matter to the Police and he has been charged with two counts of uttering a false document contrary to Section 351 of the Penal Code Act and Impersonation contrary to Section 381 of the Penal Code Act and remanded to prison till August 3, 2023. We will ensure that this case is prosecuted fully to its conclusion, including all other culpable persons.
“LDC is currently conducting final written examinations across all its three Campuses- Kampala, Lira and Mbarara. LDC does not condone any act of examination malpractice. We will continue with our zero-tolerance policy towards any such conduct.”