Ugandan advocates under their umbrella body Legal Services Providers Network (LAPNET) have written to the Chief justice Hon Bart Katureebe Magunda requesting him to seek audience with the president, to have them recognized among essential service providers during this Covid19 lock down
In a letter signed by Dr Sylivia Namubiru the Executive Director LAPSNET last evening, the lawyers say during the lock down period, many people’s rights have been violated but they cannot seek redress since they cannot access their counsels who are under lock down
“Amidst lawyers being locked down, Police continue to arrest suspects, take statements from them and incarcerate beyond 48 hours.”
The group pointed out that in courts of law, many have been remanded to prison without providing them an opportunity for bail
“We appeal to our judicial system to benchmark from different jurisdictions such as Kenya under Constitutional petition number 120 of 2020 (Kenya Law society vs Attorney General and others in which court held that legal services are essential services under COVID 19 lockdown situation.”
The lawyers on the other hand asked the Police force to release all unlawfully detained suspects as well as those who have been detained beyond 48 hours.
They also appreciated Uganda Prisons efforts of fighting decongestion in the Prisons by releasing some prisoners.