BY ISAIAH TIBITA
I n a heated discussion organised by the Law Society of Uganda Christian University on November 9, under the topic “Rule of Law: How far off the paper?”, students from the law faculty were tipped on how to take the rule of law far beyond paper-work and class discussions.
When asked by The Standard on whether the symposium served its purpose, Patrick Ssemwogere, the speaker of the UCU Law Society, said that the symposium brought to light factors that affect the rule of law in Uganda.
Some of the factors are that the rule of law is inaccessible and there is a backlog of cases in the courts. These, he said, were all relevant insights in preparing them as students of law.
Guest speakers like Senior Counsel Caleb Alaka of Alaka and Co. Advocates, Counsel Angela Nantongo of Buwule and Mayiga Advocates took lead of the day’s discussion.
Both pointed out the fact that people have failed to access justice because of expenses and other procedures in their quest for justice.
Nantongo pinned down some arms of government, citing the Executive as having taken the lead in undermining the rule of law in Uganda.
With that reference, she encouraged lawyers to always come up and challenge such inefficiencies in courts. In reference to the current judicial system, Alaka threw a question to the students: “Why would a law graduate sit for pre-Law Development Council entry exams after four years of study at university?” In his opinion, lawyers should by all means move the rule of law beyond paper-work.
He encouraged lawyers to challenge in effectiveness in the current judicial system.