Lawyers under their umbrella body, the Uganda Law Society (ULS) has elected Bernard Oundo as the new president of the society replacing Pheona Wall Nabasa, whose term is expiring in November this year.
The elections took place On Saturday 10 at the annual general meeting that took place in Kampala.
Six candidates that were nominated to compete and fill the position of the president of the Uganda Law Society (ULS) for the year 2022/2023 included; Karemire Mugagga Mukuve, Bernard Oundo, Diana Angwech, Shuaib Kubai Rayan Chemisto, Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka, and Olivia Kyarimpa Matovu.
In the tightly contested race, Oundo garnered 1056 votes, Ninsiima 723 votes, Angwech 151 votes, Shuaib 133, Kyarimpa 52 votes, Mukuve, 15votes.
For the position of Vice President, Martin Asingwire Baryaruha, has since been declared unopposed since he was the only candidate who expressed interest in it. He will now replace Ms Angwech, who is eyeing the presidency.
The other candidates who have gone through the process unopposed include Mr Isaac Newton Kyagaba for the position of treasurer, and Jimmy Madira, as the representative council member for the northern region.
The other positions that are up for grabs are secretary, and three council members for regional representation of western, eastern, and central.
Oundo has a track record in stakeholder engagement and as outgoing president of the East Africa Law Society, he has successfully engaged several stakeholders on the role of the regional society in supporting the integration of East Africa.
Oundo vowed to set up a task force to review legislation to identify, increase and ring-fence the work that is statutorily the preserve of advocates.
Also, in his three-point programme, Oundo has promised to ensure that there are meaningful consequences for offenders through judicial and administrative measures
The outgoing East Africa Law Society president has also pledged to engage different stakeholders to implement and enforce the “hands off our legal work” plan.
The roles of the president of the Uganda Law Society include; maintaining and improving the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession; representing, protecting and assisting members of the legal profession and protecting and assisting members of the public in matters touching ancillary or incidental to the law.