Law Society Preps For Fresh Elections

more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The law fraternity’s Secretary, Nicolas Opiyo said the Executive Director of the Law Development Centre, Frank Nigel Othemi and Dr Pamela Kalyegira (UCU Law Dean) are among the guests attending the annual meeting that brings together all lawyers in the country.

Others include East Africa Law Society President James Mwawu, Kenya Bar Chairman Eric Mutua and Tito Byenkya.

Opiyo further said on his Twitter account that his wish “is for constructive deliberations for the common not personal ends, for a stronger ULS.”

During the assembly, the new leadership of ULS will be elected.

This website understands that Opiyo will be running for the ULS President so as to “offer the membership alternative leadership.”


Opiyo argues that the “debate about the liberalisation of the bar training must be had alongside reform of the current structure to enhance quality.”

However, Opiyo’s re-election is likely to face stiff resistance from lawyers who have vowed to fight all lawyers who participated in the petition against the Anti-homosexuality law.

The petition tendered before the Constitutional Court seeks to challenge the Constitutionality of a recently enacted legislation that spells out tough penalties for homosexual practices and exhibitionism.

The law has in recent months touched off a storm on the national and international scene, with several donor groups delaying aid to Uganda.

However, the law enjoys widespread popularity across the conservative country. Lawmakers insist the anti-gay legislation will protect the traditional African marriage set up and the nation’s sacred cultural values.

By Friday night, the Christian Lawyers Association was covertly mobilising to ensure none of the lawyers seeking the repeal of the anti-gay law is elected for any leadership position during the today’s assembly.

“Please note that whereas the ULS AGM is scheduled for this Saturday, we have information that there is likely to be an election and that some of those vying for major positions are people who petitioned against the Anti homosexual Act 2014,” the email, circulated among members of Uganda Christian Lawyers, reads in part.

“In that regard, your presence is called for to safeguard the legal profession leadership against such candidates.”

Opiyo said “targeting lawyers for who they represent in court is not only unprofessional but uncalled for.”

The ULS has in recent years come under heavy criticism for not coming out boldly to defend the rule of law.

The society dragged its feet and also exhibited signs of spinelessness in challenging the re-appointment of Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki after the expiry of his term in office last year.

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