In Summary
  • Many Makerere graduates are advocates and magistrates while others are in public and private institutions.

  • Cases that were handled by the affected lawyers and magistrates would be restarted.

  • Postgraduate students with a first degree from Makerere would have to end their studies.

A crisis is brewing in the legal profession following a decision by Makerere University to recall degrees obtained in the last decade.

The Ugandan university said the results were either altered or degrees forged.

Many Makerere graduates are advocates and magistrates while others are in public and private institutions.

A lawyer said if the university makes good its threat, hundreds of students who graduated from 2007 and were already in employment would be affected.

RIPPLE EFFECTS

“The chaos in the legal profession will have ripple effects. It means Kenya School of Law will recall diplomas awarded while the Law Society of Kenya will expunge many from the roll of advocates,” the lawyer, who requested anonymity, said.

Cases that were handled by the affected lawyers and magistrates would be restarted.

Commission for University Education chairman Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha on Wednesday admitted that the recall of the degrees would affect many.

He added that postgraduate students with a first degree from Makerere would have to end their studies.

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