Besigye detention unlawful-Sebatindira


Uganda Law Society [ULS] president Ms Ruth Sebatindira says if she were President Yoweri Museveni’s adviser, she would tell him to listen to the people.

Sebatindira was speaking in a Twitter session #AskSebatindira organised by NBS TV last week.

Asked about what she would tell the president if she was one of his advisers, she said: “I would tell the president to listen to the grievances of the people and act.”

“I stand by my statements [contained in post-election statement]. As a leader, you lead.”

She advised incarcerated opposition leader Kizza Besigye to file an action in court to bring tempers down.

“We ought to trust our court.”

She described Besigye’s detention as unlawful and unconstitutional.

She said East African countries are going to harmonise and very soon, there will be pre-entry in all jurisdictions.

“The constitution doesn’t expressly talk about a unity government but also doesn’t bar it.”

Sebatindira noted that the entire legal department of the Uganda Police are members of the Uganda Law Society.

“Uganda Law Society (ULS) has good relations with the Ministry of Justice.”

She cited an example of the amicus curiae [friend of court] application in Amama Mbabazi’s petition saying it is neutral.

“Amicus curiae applications fail if it is deemed that applicants aren’t “friends of court” but friends of one of the parties.”

She commended those who have applied to be amici curiae [friends of the court].”

“We are at a point where everyone who has some kind of expertise should come out. It would have been ideal for Uganda Law Society to be amicus curiae but we have to be organised; we have had our challenges.”

Uganda Law Society (ULS), a society with a national membership of over 2,000 people, is supposed to guide the public and courts on matters regarding rule of law.

“I feel very privileged to be the Uganda Law Society president. It is a wonderful challenge,” Sebatindira pointed out.

She said Uganda Law Society has been very clear on term limits.

“Their restoration is one of our recommendations.”

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