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We take this opportunity to formally commiserate with the families of all our colleagues who have passed on this year as we all fight this deadly virus.
We also take cognizance of the disruption that the pandemic has had and continues to have on our lives, emotionally, psychologically, financially and otherwise. We remember our colleagues lost, and those that have lost to this scourge. It remains my utmost prayer and hope that this pandemic will quickly cease and that we shall all be able to practice our profession and go about our lives as usual. In the meantime, we urge you all to practice social distancing, observe SOPs and keep your loved ones safe.
Your Council is very alive to the concerns raised by members on this particular lockdown and would like to address you as follows:
1. Regarding CLE trainings, we have received queries from a section of the membership inquiring about how the same will be conducted during the lockdown. Guided by the CLE committee, all pending trainings shall continue to be conducted virtually/online until the situation normalizes and we are able to meet physically. We encourage all of you members to utilize this opportunity to learn as much as you can, especially during the lockdown.
2. We are working with the Ministry of health and several psychosocial actors to make available several free counselling and pysco-social avenues for the legal fraternity to help combat the growing depression, hopelessness and trauma caused by the negatives effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We shall soon share a plan and program to guide the membership on this.
3. We are are also pursing the Ministry of Transport and Works to get accreditation and movement stickers for the Legal Profession for emergencies and we shall communicate the progress in due course.
4. Member support services will remain available online and on phone and we encourage you to use the various communication and payment platforms during this time. We applaud or Secretariat staff who remain committed despite some of them having been affected by this pandemic. Our toll free lines 0800100150/1 will remain available to both yourselves and the public.
Once again, as your leadership, we are doing all that is possible to ensure that the lawyers remain relevant and accessible to all those who require our service.
Remember to keep safe and to check on one another as often as you can during these trying times.