This the second time the High Court is blocking an extraordinary general meeting called by Uganda Law Society in this year 2024. Last month, the same Court issued an order blocking them from convening to sit and discuss issues related to the management and conduct of Hoima High Court Judge Jesse Byaruhanga Rugyema in the Tilenga Oil Case.
He said that some individuals have held these positions for an extended period without affording others the opportunity, which contradicts principles of good governance, the rule of law, and transparency.
In July 2023, Steven Kalali, a member of ULS, filed a lawsuit against the association, alleging that the society leadership had been selecting representatives for various statutory bodies since 2016, contrary to the governing Act and election regulations.
In his lawsuit filed on July 10th, 2023, Kalali asserts that the ULS leadership has been selectively appointing representatives to various statutory bodies since 2016, contrary to the governing Act and election regulations.
Kalali argues that the ULS leadership has been handpicking representatives to the professional bodies since 2016, contrary to the governing Act and election regulations, which mandate members to elect their representatives through the Annual General Assembly.
The pending appeal in the Supreme Court stems from a series of legal proceedings initiated by businessman Kiggundu against Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Uganda and DTB Kenya. The case originated from a syndicated banking agreement between Ham Enterprises Ltd and Kiggs International Limited, and the two banks.
"The units available for accommodation is 17,472 of which 6,945 are permanent and 10, 527 are semi-permanent and the key challenge in meeting the Force's accommodation needs is annual capital development and maintenance budgets." - AIGP Richard Edyegu, Director of Logistics and Engineering in Uganda Police Force
In April 2022, Kalali petitioned the High Court for orders directing the government to provide decent housing for all police officers in the country. His petition came a month after legislators on the Internal Affairs Committee visited Jinja Police Barracks where they were greeted with dilapidated structures built-in 1934.
The Judiciary Public Relations Officer Jamson Karemani says out of the 148 cases they registered in the Court of Appeal, 121 cases have been concluded and judgments made, leaving 27 election appeals pending.
"That the Act providing retirement benefits with huge packages or more packages to members of the high bench to the exclusion of those from the lower bench is discriminatory and connotes selfishness which this court should not be seen to operationalize the same," reads Kalali's affidavit supporting the petition.
"There is a need for a healthy and sustainable environment since the police officers have been sabotaged and cannot exercise the right to express themselves. The right to health brings together all humanity and it encompasses the environmental dimensions of the right to life, culture nondiscrimination among others, which the government has failed for over 35 years now", says Kalali in his affidavit.
To support their decision, the Justices have ordered the Registrar of the Court of Appeal to serve copies of this ruling onto the Attorney General of Uganda, the Director of the Law Development Centre, the President of the Uganda Law Society and the Secretary of the Law Council so that they can in turn disseminate it to their Advocates.
The permission follows a successful application by the Uganda Law Society-ULS which was supported by an affidavit by its current president Pheona Nabasa Wall, who told the court that the ULS Act requires them to conduct an AGM annually as soon as convenient, after December 31.
Evidence before court shows that the army admits all the illegalities and allegations levied against it by Kalali and to prove this, they say the errant officers have since been apprehended and couldn't let such impunity go unpunished because they strongly condemn the beating of journalists.
In their petition, the lawyers who came to sue led by the East African Law Society President Bernard Oundo, also argue that despite the internet restoration, access to social media platform like Facebook remains restricted to date.
In his application, Kalali contends that on February 17th, 2021, journalists went to cover former National Unity Platform-Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu when he went to deliver his petition to the United Nations High Commission in Kololo on gross human rights violations.
During the hearing, Hamidu Lugoloobi accused the applicant of lying because the available evidence shows that he was in court and personally signed the consent document that was later endorsed by Justice Nambayo. Lugoloobi said the consent was done in the presence of Kalali and his lawyers, Earnest Isaac Muwanga and Geoffrey Mutyaba.
Kalali alleges that the EC officials forged his signature in a court document showing that he had accepted that the prisoners and Ugandans in the diaspora would participate in voting in 2026 elections but not in 2021 as earlier ordered by High Court.