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Law Council Drafting Regulations to Modulate Paralegals



The Uganda Law Council is working on putting together regulations to govern people trained in subsidiary legal matters but not fully qualified as lawyers who are legally referred to as paralegals.

This was revealed by Justice Egonda Ntende, the Justice of the Court of Appeal and the current chairperson of the Uganda Law Council at the National Dialogue for Community Paralegals organised by Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET) in Kampala on Friday.

“The Law Council is in the process of formulating regulations to ensure provision of quality services by the paralegals at an opportune time. We intend to engage all stakeholders to share ideas regarding the minimum academic qualifications, if any, with the procedure of becoming a paralegal and a possible code of conduct and any other related area that would improve the services that you provide in the community,” said Justice Ntende.

As far as training paralegals is concerned, Ntende called on all stakeholders engaged in training paralegals to ensure that the subjects they are trained in are well prepared and facilitated.

As Law Council and regulator of the legal profession, Ntende encouraged paralegals to maintain high standards and work within the confines of the law to perform their respective duties.

“I believe the role of paralegals is vital in promotion of access to justice, rule of law and consequently the growth of vibrant economy and social and political stability of our country.”

Furthermore, Justice Ntende implored paralegals to endeavor to fight corruption in the communities where they operate.

“You know the cancer of corruption in Africa. We are all familiar with challenges people go through in accessing public services. It is important that as paralegals, you work with the community in ensuring that the cancer of corruption does not continue to spread. On the contrary, that all efforts are made to root it out. I urge each one of you to always have this issue of access to justice by all at the heart of all your endeavors,” he added.

Justice Egonda Ntende and Dr Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa at the national dialogue for community paralegals in Kampala on Friday.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa, the Chief Executive Officer of LASPNET said that paralegals play a vital role in the communities where they operate by addressing disputes and protecting human rights.

“Paralegals are very important because they work in the community, they are the ears and eyes, they are the first instance when it comes to protection of human rights and addressing disputes that are rising,” she said.

Namubiru, however, added that currently, the paralegals that are recognised in Uganda are those that have a qualification in law or equivalent to law such as a diploma in law and are employed by LASPNET or Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPS).

She noted that many trained paralegals are out in the community on their own, adding that what they do is barely documented and they are not followed to know what exactly they are doing and whether what they are doing is according to the standards.

“We find that they are scattered and we want to bring them in the ambit of the network to have a paralegal movement which we can easily follow and know what they are doing, equip them and support their reporting mechanisms,” she said.

LASPNET also inaugurated a voice magazine to document the success stories of the paralegals.

“We are bringing that as one way of trying to track them to contribute to access to justice,” Namubiru said.


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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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