Uganda Law Society-ULS is still puzzled on the
criteria to use to select 30 lawyers who will provide legal services to people in
need during the current nationwide lock down because of the Covid19 pandemic.
During his 13th televised address on the Covid19
pandemic, President, Yoweri Museveni directed
that 30 lawyers be permitted to offer legal services at a given time.
the Judiciary Chief Registrar, Tom Chemutai wrote to Simon Peter Kinobe, the
President Uganda Law Society asking him to submit a list of 30 Lawyers as
directed by the president.
"The purpose of this letter is to request
you to forward to us the schedule of the advocates chosen to practice in line
with the presidential directives", said Chemutai.
Speaking to URN
on Wednesday morning, Simon Peter Kinobe, the President Uganda Law Society,
said they are still puzzled on the criteria to come up with the 30 lawyers.
According to Kinobe, there are
more than 3000 lawyers and 900 Law firms in Kampala alone, saying they still
don't know how to implement the President's directive.
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Last week, City Lawyers, Anthony Wameli and
Geoffrey Turyamusiima dragged government and Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth
Aceng to court seeking orders to include lawyers on the list of essential
They argued that a number of Constitutional
right violations are happening in the absence of lawyers since they don’t have
This morning, Wameli wrote to the Judiciary Chief Registrar, Tom Chemutai, saying that his
letter and president’s directives on lawyer issued on Monday night amount to subjudice
because of their case before court.
He said the directives are intended to interfere
with the independence of Justice Michael Elubu who is set to deliver his judgment
on the matter on Thursday.