A lawyer who sued Uganda Law Society (ULS) President Pheona Wall on Friday last week over a memorandum of understanding signed between the lawyers’ lobby and Buganda Kingdom has agreed to withdraw his suit following concessions with the society leadership on Wednesday.
Mr. Steven Kalali had petitioned Court after the law society failed to avail him a copy of the memorandum, something he said undermined his right to access information as a member of the society.
“ As a fully paid up member of the society who is well conversant with the society objectives, I was never accorded ample time/chance to take part in the assenting and analysis of the said MoU, which binds the (law society) and me as its member.” Mr. Kalali said in Court filings.
“ The right to access information is a critical tool to democratic participation, oversight and only through it shall members investigate whether public duties are being performed properly.”
Now, in a joint statement, the Uganda Law Society says it has met the lawyer and provided him with the information sought, noting the failure to give it to him as earlier requested was as a result of the current 42 day lockdown and a lack of Mr. Kalali’s updated details in the society’s database.
“ We believe that these MoUs were made in good faith by Council on behalf of the society and we remain committed to strengthening the institution and fulfilling our institutional mandate.” The Law Society said.
On 7th May, the Uganda Law Society and Buganda Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding where the Kingdom undertook to offer free office space to lawyers in an effort to deepen access to justice and legal services to her underserved communities.
“ The Buganda Royal Law Chambers will get a deep reach of the communities where the most vulnerable are predominant with this partnership. The Children, women who are sexually abused by their uncles and their employers respectively in exchange of jobs, will too be helped out under this partnership.” Buganda Prime Minister, Charles Peter Mayiiga who signed the MoU on behalf of the Kingdom said at the time.
Earlier on the 3rd of May, the Uganda Law Society signed another Memorandum of Understanding with the Sudhir Ruparelia-owned Crane Management Services Ltd to provide discounted office space and free office partitioning to lawyers.