Judiciary reprimands law students over dance video shot in Court premises
he Judiciary has cautioned four rookie female lawyers who filmed themselves dancing to a popular and controversial local song while at a Court house in Kampala on Monday.
The lawyers who have been identified as Ms. Kakidi Ann, Ms. Nabirye Zeridah Mary, Ms. Karungi Kellen are all Bar course students at the Law Development Centre and are currently undertaking a four-months clerkship with the Commercial Court.
While the fourth identified as Pearl Katusiime is also on clerkship at a city private law firm and apparently had paid her colleagues a visit.
Clad in professional suits, the four took turns at a phone camera on Monday at around 10AM in the morning and danced away to local musician Eezy’s ‘Tumbiza Sound’ – a song the government has criticised and at one time banned for allegedly undermining the country’s efforts toward combating the deadly coronavirus.
WATCH: 5 Bar Course students at LDC who are undertaking clerkship at the commercial court in Kampala record video of themselves dancing to Eezy's 'Tumbiza Sound' in the court's premises. The institution has summoned them for a 'meeting.' pic.twitter.com/lfaZRESsC7
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In the song, Eezy makes fun of standard operating procedures especially social distancing, staying at home and moderate alcohol consumption.
Commercial Court’s Justice Anne Mugenyi Bitature, who summoned and ‘seriously reprimanded’ the group, according to a Judiciary press release said;
“To the Court this was unprofessional and unethical conduct and an abuse of the integrity of the Judiciary as a whole.”
The controversial video which has trended online has evoked mixed reactions from legal professionals and the general public with several suggesting the act is a trivial matter that doesn’t deserve any serious yet official attention.
While several others felt the act of dancing in court premises desecrates the so called ” temple of Justice.”
Ms. Kakidi Ann, however, has apologised over the dance video in a letter – a copy of which has been seen by this publication – for ” there is no excuse for such kind of behavior.”
Meanwhile, the Law Development Centre (LDC) summoned the students for a possible disciplinary meeting Wednesday afternoon. The meeting’s outcome had not been established by this publication by press time.
According to the Judiciary, Justice Anne Mugenyi cautioned the young lawyers after they admitted wrong doing but noted they were on a frolic of their own in their actions.
” I am however aware that LDC management has undertaken to handle the issue within the confines of its internal disciplinary procedures.
” The director of LDC came to me earlier today (Wednesday) to get facts on what exactly happened. He said the students will be subjected to disciplinary process today and we ( the Judiciary) shall await the decision to be communicated to us” Justice Mugenyi Bitature said.