The fate of an extraordinary general meeting called by Uganda Law Society (ULS) hangs in the balance. Justice Musa Ssekaana will decide the fate of this meeting today. The meeting, called by Mr. Isaac Atukunda, the honorary secretary, is scheduled for February 6th.
According to the notice dated January 30th, the meeting is set for 2 pm to 3 pm. However, Mr. Brian Kirima is challenging the meeting’s legality. He argues that the topics to be discussed are outside the society’s mandate.
Last month, concerned lawyers petitioned ULS President, Mr. Bernard Oundo, to hold the meeting. They want to address issues like the interference with judicial independence, particularly President Museveni’s letter to Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo regarding the attachment of Muslim properties.
President Museveni’s letter criticized the court’s decision to include the national mosque in properties to be auctioned. This sparked outrage, with legal experts emphasizing the importance of upholding the separation of powers.
Article 128(2) of the Constitution prohibits interference with judicial functions. Concerned lawyers urge ULS to issue a public statement on these matters and hold the meeting to address executive overreach.