A Ugandan doctor was arrested last weekend after claiming to have earned a degree in Medicine from Oxford University, among other institutions.

Moses Tumusiime, 28, also used the aliases Dr Job Mike Feeth and Dr Job Mark Vie, and was able to perform surgery in over four Ugandan hospital before he was caught.

In addition to Oxford, he carried forged certificates for various medical qualifications from Makerere University in Uganda, Kenwood International University of Science and Technology, San Francisco Northern California College of Science, India University of Science and Technology, and the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council in Uganda.

Police arrested Mr Tumusiime in the Ugandan capital city, Kampala, and he will now be charged with forgery and posing as a medical officer.

Simon Nsubega, a spokesman for the Kampala police force, recommended that employers carry out more careful background checks on the educational qualifications of their staff.

Nsubega also suggested that the Uganda National Examinations Board as well as national and international universities consider more sophisticated degree certificates to combat forgery.

After his arrest, Mr Tumusiime said that he had at one time been pursuing a Bachelor of Medicine at Oxford University but had dropped out due to financial concerns.

However, a spokesman for the University reported that “we don’t have any record of anyone by that name enrolling at Oxford”.

Last week a 29 year old Bavarian banker, who had performed 190 operations, was found to have faked the Oxford degree that enabled him to gain a position as a trainee doctor.

‘Dr Christian E’ created the certificate on this home computer in 2003, and was only caught by an anonymous tip-off to the University Hospital of Erlangen.


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