The Uganda Law Society (ULS) at the close of the week released a statement condemning the “break-ins” of Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers’ offices.
“These lawyers represent some of the parties in the residential election petition that is before Supreme Court,” Uganda Law Society president Ruth Sebatindira said.
She said there are also reports of various attacks made against lawyers that are representing the parties in the same petition.
She condemned all kinds of harassment of lawyers by the state.
She said the principles of the right to a fair trial and legal assistance in Africa says states shall ensure lawyers perform their professional functions without intimidation, harassment or improper interference.
“It also says the lawyers are able to travel and consult with their clients freely and shall not suffer threats, prosecution or sanctions of any kind.”
She noted, however, that this will not be possible through intimidation hindrance and harassment.
“Lawyers must have access to all relevant information, files and documents in the possession…”
Presiding over the pre-hearing of Mbabazi’s petition on Thursday, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, asked Uganda Law Society to take in interest if any lawyer is acting with misconduct.