The Uganda Law Society, an umbrella body for legal practitioners in the country, has petitioned the Prime Minster of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, requesting him to intervene and give all advocates whose chambers are located in Arcades an opportunity to operate.
In their letter signed by Simon Peter Kinobe, President of the Law society, the lawyers say that closure of City Arcades as a preventive measure of COVID19 has greatly affected them since they can’t access their files and tools which are locked in the offices.
“Some members have been pushed to the extent of appearing before courts without files which has cast on them a bad light as ‘unprofessional and unprepared’ before officers of the court and their clients.”
Kinobe has therefore requested the Prime Minster to direct land lords with law firms in Arcades as their tenants to give lawyers access to their offices in line with other guidelines similar to those which were given to other offices.
The letter has been copied to the Chief justice, his deputy and the Chief Registrar.
In his address last night, President Museveni said that Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) shall arrange with Ministers and decide on Standard Operating Procedures that will be followed in opening up the Arcades.