Politics: Earlier this year, Parliament passed the Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2019 dropping the A-Level requirement for persons seeking to contest for the positions of chairperson or mayor of a municipal council, town council or division council. Section 4(3) (C) of the Parliamentary Elections Act 2005 states that a person is qualified to be a member of parliament if they have completed a minimum of A-Level education or its equivalent. Now as the political atmosphere heats up, the upcoming elections have seen several artistes and media personalities express intention to run for political positions. Do they have what it takes though? Isaac Ssejjombwe writes.
Bobi Wine – Presidential aspirant
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to many as Bobi Wine, is vying for the presidential position and recently, lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi wrote to the Electoral Commission seeking to be availed with Bobi Wine’s academic credentials. Mabirizi wanted to know if the Kyadondo East MP possesses the minimum requisite papers to run for the Office of the President.
Bobi Wine attended Kitante Hill School for O-Level and Kololo Senior Secondary School for his A-Level. He then joined Makerere University, where he first studied a degree in Social Sciences but dropped out in the first year because of lack of finances. He then applied for a government sponsorship for a diploma in Music, Dance and Drama .
In 2016, the Kyadondo East legislator returned to university to attain a bachelor’s degree in Law at the International University of East Africa but later switched to Cavendish University.
According to his OB, comedian Hannington Bugingo, Bobi Wine put the course on hold because of his busy schedule. In 2018, Bobi, however, graduated from Harvard University where he undertook a course of Leadership in 21st Century.
Jose Chameleone- lord Mayor
Earlier this year, it was reported that artiste and mayoral candidate Joseph Mayanja, alias Jose Chameleone, had sat for his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examination.
There was a lot of questions on when the artiste sat those exams with his busy schedule, especially during the time candidate classes were busy doing examinations.
However, the headmaster of Katuuso Secondary School came out and confirmed that the artiste had indeed sat for the exams at his school and scored Aggregate 12 in History, Christian Religious Education and Art. This was 26 years after he dropped out of school to pursue music.
Before then, Chameleone attended Nakasero Primary School, Mengo SSS, Kawempe Muslim SSS, Katikamu SDA and Progressive SSS. Chameleone was born on April 30, 1979.
Hilderman – MP Mawokota
Hilary Innocent Kiyaga, a.k.a Dr Hilderman, was born in 1982, in Kampiringisa Village, Mpigi District. He has 12 siblings and attended Kampiringisa Primary School, St Kalemba Nazigo for O-Level and Mityana Senior Secondary School for A-Level. He graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts (previously known as Music, Dance and Drama – MDD).
He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Leadership and Management from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya by Aghakan University in 2007.
Last we heard was that the “Mazongoto”singer was pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Relations and was supposed to graduate this year.
Khalifa Aganaga-MP Rubaga South
Born on March 3, 1990, Sadat Mukiibi, alias Khalifa Aganaga, grew up with a single mother in Kabowa, Rubaga. The singer attended Kawanda Secondary school for both his O and A-Level.
When he expressed intention to stand for Rubaga South MP, many people questioned Khalifa’s academic qualifications, forcing him to unveil his scorecard on social media.
It was impressive. He had AABB in History, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Geography. He joined Makerere University in 2011 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music Dance and Drama but ended up investing his tuition money in music. He tried to return to school in 2015, but he only attended a few classes.
In 2016, we got information that he had enrolled for a Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Cavendish University, but that is how far he went and in February last year, he announced on social media that he was a registered Law student at Kampala International University.
Geoffrey Lutaaya-MP Kakuuto
He may be considered one of the wealthy Ugandan artistes, but that is not enough for Geoffrey Lutaaya. He wants a share of the political cake.
The singer, who is eyeing the Kakuuto MP seat, has been trolled for having dropped out of school about 20 years ago and thus has no qualifications to run for political office.
But it is on record that in 2018, the 44-year-old registered at Makerere Day and Evening School for Adults where he scored Aggregate 62 in the Uganda Certificate of Education exams. He later sat for his Senior Six examinations at Maikah Secondary School in Kyotera but has not been forthcoming with his results.
Before then, Lutaaya attended Mitti Ebiri Primary School in Kyotera, Mbuye Primary School in Rakai and Kololo High School at which point he dropped out to do music.
Peter Sematimba – Busiro South MP
Born on April 28,1962, Peter Simon Sematimba is the Busiro South Member of Parliament, but his time in office has not been a bed of roses. High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe threw him out of Parliament on June 10, 2016, for lack of the requisite academic qualifications but he was reinstated later in 2017.
Before all that, the Super FM proprietor had attended Kitante Primary School and Kings College Budo where he attained the East African Certificate of Education in 1978.
He did not proceed with Senior Five as he travelled to the US where he attained a Diploma in Electronic and Computer Technology in 1988 at the Pacific Coast Technical Institute USA and an advanced diploma in Theology, which he obtained in 2009 from the International College of Excellency (USA).
Last year, after legal action, he sat for his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Examination at Kakoola High School in Luweero District, obtaining Aggregate 13 in Divinity, Literature, Art and ICT.
“I expected a minimum of 16 points. But then again, 13 points are also good. I passed,” he said in an earlier interview.
Stella Nyanzi- Woman MP Kampala
Poet and writer Stella Nyanzi was born on June 16,1974, Stella Nyanzi is a Ugandan medical anthropologist, feminist, queer rights activist and scholar of sexuality, family planning, and public health among others. She was born in Masaka District and both her parents are deceased.
She sat her Primary Leaving Examinations at Gayaza Junior School, before joining Gayaza High School for her UCE and UACE. She then enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Literature at Makerere University and completed her studies in 1996.
From 1999 to 2000, she studied for her master’s degree in Medical Anthropology at the University College London.
She then proceeded to attain a PhD in Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine having studied from 2003 to 2008. She also studied social anthropology, sexuality, and youth and health policy from the same institution.
Ragga Dee- Mayor
Considered the ‘godfather’ of Ugandan music, Daniel Kazibwe, aka Ragga Dee, was born in 1973 and has eight siblings. He went to Buganda Road Primary School before joining St Henry’s College Kitovu for his secondary.
From there he went to Makerere University Business School where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also has a master’s in Business Administration from the UK.
Kato Lubwama-Rubaga South MP
Kato Paul Lubwama was born on August 16, 1970 and sat his Primary Leaving Examinations in 1983 at Nabagereka Primary School, Uganda Certificate of Education in 1988 at Old Kampala Secondary School, getting F9 in Mathematics, English, Chemistry and Physics.
He, however, managed to sit for a Special University Entry Examination certificate at Makerere University in 1991-1992 and later pursued a Diploma in Music Dance and Drama at Makerere University in 1994.
Like Sematimba, Kato Lubwama was sued for lack of academic qualifications to be MP but he filed a robust defense in the high court and Makerere University also defended him with a letter.
“Mr Kato Lubwama sat and passed the university special entrance examinations as a bona fide candidate, having fulfilled all the
requirements for admission for that programme in 1992. He was consequently admitted to pursue a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama which he successfully completed in 1995 and was awarded a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama by Makerere University on January 20, 1995,” Makerere University academic registrar Alfred Namoah Masikye’s letter read in 2017.
Sophie Gombya- Lord Woman councillor
Sophie Gombya recently resigned as the president of the Uganda Musicians Association to fully concentrate on her political ambitions to contest for the lord woman councillor Kampala Central Division.
Born to Mustapha Mukiibi and Mary Namanda, the mother of five went to Nabagereka Primary School, and then Nakivubo Primary school, Shimoni Demonstration School and then rejoined Nabagereka where she finished her PLE. She then went to Kawempe Muslim School, Bukoyo Secondary School in Iganga and Kibibi High School where she finished her senior six before joining music.
Sophie Gombya resumed her studies at Young Women Christian Association where she graduated with a Diploma in Counseling and guidance and is soon getting her Degree in counseling psychology at St Lawrence University.
Patriko Mujuuka attended Kiswa Primary School, Kyambogo College School for O-Level and A-Level and later joined Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo now Kyambogo University and later attained a Diploma in Music Dance and Drama from Makerere University.
He also has a degree in Public Administration and Management from Nkumba University.
Enid Mirembe-Bugiri woman MP
The Rolex festival proprietor is contesting for Woman Member of Parliament for Bugiri and coming as an Independent. She was born in 1993 (age 27 years) and did a Bachelors of Arts in Arts at Makerere University in 2016. Before that, she attended Kalinabiri Primary School, Universal High for Senior Four in 2009 and Manchester International school for her Senior five and six. She is the last born out of 13 children.