The Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala has issued an order directing the Uganda Law Society to adhere to their Election Regulations of 2016 when selecting representatives for various statutory bodies, boards, committees, or commissions. This decision comes after a member, Steven Kalali, took legal action against the society, alleging that the maintenance of some representatives violated the Uganda Law Society Act and Election Regulations 2016.
In the ruling delivered by Justice Boniface Wamala, it was noted that the Uganda Law Society had been in breach of the Election Regulations 2016 for an extended period. The court did not specifically attribute blame to the current leadership under President Bernard Oundo but emphasized the violation of the ULS Act and Election Regulations.
Justice Wamala stated, “I have seen a breach of provisions of the ULS Act and Election Regulations. The only order available to the applicant and which I accordingly issue is an order of a permanent injunction restraining the respondent’s counsel from any further breach of the act and the Election Regulations regarding the election of the society representatives.”
The Court also reminded the law society to treat elective positions as elective.