By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Wednesday August 12, 2020.
A Ugandan city lawyer, Male Mabirizi has petitioned the country’s Electoral Commission over Bobi Wine’s academic credentials.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by his stage name Bobi Wine, is a Ugandan politician, activist, singer, actor, businessman and philanthropist.
As of 11 July 2017, he serves as the member of parliament representing Kyadondo East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region. He leads the People Power, Our Power movement in opposition to President Yoweri Museveni.
According to the petition dated August 10, 2020, Mabirizi said, he wants Bobi Wine academic qualifications to satisfy his doubts that the presidential aspirant has the minimum requisite papers for the office.
“Bobi Wine’s academic details available at the parliament website indicate that he was born in 1982 and sat A-level in 1998. This means that if he was born in 1982, he sat A-level at 16-years, O-level at 13-years and PLE at 9-years and started his educational journey at 2-years only which is peculiar,” Mabirizi asserts.
According to Parliamentary Elections Act of 2005, a person is qualified to be a member of Parliament if he or she has completed a minimum formal education of Advanced level and equivalent.
The Parliament’s website last month verified Bobi Wine’s qualifications after a social media uproar over the legislator’s qualifications when one socialite Zari Hassan came up to ask for the credentials of Bobi Wine to run for presidency.
The website shows that Bobi Wine has a diploma in Music Dance and Drama from Makerere University. Bobi Wine will be tallying with many other aspirants in 2021 elections to unseat president Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 34 years.