Hon. Michael Mabikke sues Law Development Centre for canceling his diploma in legal practice
Former Makindye East Member of Parliament, Michael Mabikke has sued the Law Development Center for canceling his Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Through his lawyers of Semuyaba, Iga and Company Advocates, Mabikke contends that after successfully completing his four year Bachelors of Law degree at Makerere University School of Law in 2007, he applied to LDC for a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted.
According to Mabikke, after completing his one-year Bar Course, LDC issued the results LDC indicating that he had passed exams and was listed among those who were set to graduate. Mabikke indicates that he graduated in 2010 and went on to practice law.
He however, says that he was shocked when his Post Graduate Diploma was cancelled six years later, which means that he can no longer represent anyone in court. Mabikke is one of the nine lawyers whose post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice was cancelled in 2016 after being found guilty of engaging in examination malpractice.
The cancellation followed investigations that were commissioned by LDC to investigate allegations of examinations malpractices at the institution covering the period between 2004 to 2011 based on a Forensic Audit Report.
Mabikke contends that the six-member Subcommittee, which recommended the cancellation of his certificate was comprised of members who were not qualified enough to pass judgment on his examinations and academic qualifications of a legal nature.
He also contends that the committee didn’t give him a fair hearing since it was only appointed to investigate and collect evidence but didn’t have powers to conduct a hearing. Mabikke argues that if the proceedings were to be taken as a hearing, they don’t meet the rules of natural justice.