The election of Ruth Sebatindira as the new president of Uganda Law Society (ULS) has been challenged in court, three days after the exercise.
The petition challenging Sebatindira’s election on Saturday was filed today before the High Court in Kampala by Simon Tendo Kabenge, who claims his candidature was turned down in the elections at Imperial Resort Beach, Entebbe.
Also sued is the lawyers’ body, the Uganda Law Society.
Kabenge, in his suit contends that 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 and the voting process not being presided over by the out-going president, James Sebugenyi Mukasa, as some of the irregularities.
He also says he was victimized and discriminated against by the ULS when his nomination for the top job was turned down on grounds that he had sued the ULS before the Constitutional Court and yet he was not given any fair hearing. Kabenge states that his candidacy was instead impeached by former president Bruce Kyerere for having filed a constitution petition against the lawyers’ body.
In his complaint, Kabenge is seeking court’s declaration that the election of Sebatindira was conducted in contravention of the law and that fresh elections should be conducted.
He calls the election a sham, contrary to reason, biased and that it prejudicially disfranchised members of ULS taking part on the basis of known and internationally acceptable principles of voting by ballot which are also a requirement of the law.
Richard Lumu and Nicholas Opio were the other contestants for the ULS’s top job.