The New Year is here to give us an opportunity to make fresh choices with empowering directions so that we may boldly face our challenges.
I thank each one of you, the Council and Secretariat for the support and contribution to the advancement of the ULS in the last year amidst all the challenges that we faced. The Judiciary operated and continues to operate under embarrassing and dubious circumstances without a Chief Justice and a Deputy Chief justice. We witnessed gross violations of human rights by the Police, the return of the Kiboko squad (militia) and the brutal treatment by the Police of one of our own Abdallah Kiwanuka. A Court order restraining the removal from office of the Lord Mayor until the main application is determined was disregarded. In Burundi the President of the Bar Association was under threat of arrest and detention for defending human rights. All these challenges tested our commitment to the rule of law and we can only resolutely continue to defend the rule of law because it is better we sweat in peace than bleed in war.
Some good things happened; for the first time, the ULS participated in the National Curriculum process to see that the Constitu...Read More