Three teachers in Luweero District have been remanded to Butuntumula Prison due to their alleged unlawful possession of Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) materials. This case has garnered attention and concern, as it could have far-reaching implications on the education system. The accused individuals, Denis Dalton Lubega, Zawadi Bwambale, and Herbert Woopo, found themselves in this predicament after their bail application was rejected by the Chief Magistrate’s Court.
The charges brought against the teachers revolve around the unlawful possession of UNEB material, a violation of Section 25(1) of the UNEB Act 2021. This legal framework aims to safeguard the integrity of the national examination system and ensure that examinations are conducted fairly and without any undue influence. The case was brought before Chief Magistrate Mariam Nalugya Ssemwanga, who presided over the proceedings.
On November 7, 2023, Ms. Rachael Kirabo, the lead prosecutor, formally presented the charge of unlawful possession of UNEB material to the three accused teachers. This charge is a serious offense that could have significant legal consequences if proven in court. The accused teachers were required to answer to these charges in the legal setting.
As a result of the court’s decision, the accused teachers have been remanded to Butuntumula Prison until November 20, 2023. Their request for bail was denied due to their inability to provide substantial sureties. The State Prosecutor rejected the names and accompanying documents of the potential sureties, citing their failure to adequately identify themselves and provide clear information about their places of residence.