Judge Wants Written Submissions On ULS Case

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High Court Judge Stephen Musota has ordered parties involved in the law suit challenging the election Uganda Law Society (ULS) president to file in their written submissions to enable him reach his decision.

High Court Judge Stephen Musota has ordered parties involved in the law suit challenging the election Uganda Law Society (ULS) president to file in their written submissions to enable him reach his decision.
 
Ruth Sebatindira’s election in March this year was contented three days after her election by fellow lawyer, Simon Tendo Kabenge. Kabenge claims he was interested in running for the same position, but instead the law society, which is one of the defendants in this matter, discriminated against him before turning down his candidature.
 
Today, Justice Musota ordered Kabenge to file in his written submission by October 7 and the ULS by October 18. The judge further ordered the parties to return to court on November 4 for update and probably fixing of a judgment date.
 
Kabenge in his complaint asserts that the annual general meeting of ULS that saw Sebatindira voted as president breached all the statutory provisions of the law governing it. He cites voting by caucusing instead of the internationally acceptable principles of voting by ballot as one of the irregularities.
 
He also says he was victimised and discriminated against by the ULS when his nomination for the top job was turned down on grounds that he had previously sued the ULS before the Constitutional Court and yet he was not given any fair hearing.
 
Kabenge is now seeking court’s declaration that the election of Sebatindira was conducted in contravention of the law and that fresh elections should be conducted.
 
He also wants court to direct all the new office bearers of the ULS to immediately vacate their respective offices that they occupy as a result of what he called sham elections.