Court name
High Court of Uganda
Judgment date
2 May 2008

In Re: The Decision of Makerere University Academic Regisrar To Dismiss Byamukama Edson & In Re: An Application To Apply for Leave To apply for Extension of time within which to apply for leave to apply for mandamus & Certiorari (Miscellaneous Cause No 1

Cite this case
[2008] UGHC 36

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE HIGH COURT OF UGANDA AT KAMPALA

MISCELLANEOUS CAUSE NO 185 OF 2007

IN THE MATTER OF S.36 OF THE JUDICATURE ACT CAP 13

AND

IN THE MATTER OF RULE 5 (1) OF THE CIVIL PROCEDURE

(AMENDMENT) (JUDICIAL REVIEW) RULES S.I 75 OF 2003

AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE DECISION BY FACULTY OF SOCIAL

SCIENCES EXAMINATION IRREGULARITIES AND APPEALS

COMMITTEE

AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE DECISION OF MAKERERE

UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC REGISRAR TO
DISMISS BYAMUKAMA EDSON

AND

IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION TO EXTEND THE PERIOD WITHIN

WHICH TO FILE AN APPLICATION FOR

LEAVE TO APPLY FOR MANDAMUS AND CERTIORARI




BEFORE: HON. JUSTICE J.P.M TABARO



RULING:




Edson Byamukama filed this application for extension of time so as to seek judicial review of the decisions taken by Makerere University
Senate. The applicant was a student of the University until 27-6-2007 when The University Academic Registrar informed him that he
had been dismissed from the University for engaging in Examinations Malpractices.



On 2-9-2007 this applicant appealed to the University Senate (of Makerere) but he has never received any response from the University;
the appeal, in plain terms, has never been heard.



The present application seeks extension of time to pursue judicial review, as already indicated; in terms of and by virtue of 0.42A
Rule 1(5)(1) of the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Judicial Review Rules 2003 ST 75 of 2003 the action must be commenced within 3 months
from the occurrence of the act complained of unless Court considers that there is good reason for extending the period within which
the application shall be made.



The appeal against the findings and decision of the Senate Examinations Committee was made in June, 2007. Applicant as already indicated
made his appeal in September, 2007, but has never known his fate – whether the appeal was successful or unsuccessful. It is
common knowledge that Semesters are ordinarily 4 months long, and hence the applicant has lost two semesters equivalent to one academic
year, without being informed of the results of the appeal. I consider this delay inordinate, which raises the question of fairness
of the proceedings. It is often said, in common parlance, that justice delayed is justice denied. It appears to me, prima facie,
a case could be made out for certiorari and mandamus so to compel the University to take action, either way. The application is therefore
granted and the applicant is ordered to commence his action within a month from the date hereof.



This year, 2008 this Court has received several hundred cases in judicial review, emanating from the same University, entering on
the question of the right to be heard. Consequently, I ordered that the applicants select a test case. Eventually Mulungwa Monica Eunice Vs. Makerere University & 2 others, HCT-00-CV-MC 0009- 2008 was chosen as the test case, by which the rest shall stand or fall.



However, the present case is difficult because the applicant was heard and a decision taken. The complaint is that the appeal has
not been decided within reasonable time. Hence their case shall be decided on its own merits and will not depend on the outcome of
Mulungwa’s case (supra). But as already indicated leave to pursue judicial review outside the 3 months prescribed by law, is
granted. Costs shall abide the final determination of the cause.





J.P.M. Tabaro

Judge

2-5-2008