Uganda Law Society-ULS has vowed to legal action against the Uganda Police Force over the manhandling of city advocate Abdallah Kiwanuka
Kiwanuka who was serving a court order against the impeachment of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, was rolled on the tarmac by security personnel and had his cloths tattered before being bundled onto a police truck.
ULS President Ruth Sebatindira said that they are identifying the police officers who were involved in the fracas after which they will institute criminal and civil proceedings against them.
In a strongly worded statement, Sebatindira described the actions of the police as repugnant to good conscience, respect for human rights and freedom of expression, conscience and free thought.
She added that ULS will treat the incident as an assault on the legal profession and will seek redress since the lawyer was acting as an officer of the court.
In the statement, the law society is also urging Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze to obey the court order that was issued barring the council from impeaching Erias Lukwago
“While we do not wish to surmise as to the genuineness or otherwise of the said order, it is our firm view, which is consistent with the Constitutional duty of all Ugandans, that court orders must be obeyed at all times even when those orders may not reflect our preferred positions.
Ignoring or rubbishing of court orders by any person or authority portends Constitutional disaster for Uganda and must be roundly condemned.” Reads the statement in part.
The Law society also condemned the re-emergence of the Kiboko squad who were acting alongside the police to disperse riots on Monday in Kisekka Market. The society terms the conduct of the kiboko squad as ‘archaic and illegal’.
The law society has on previous occasions sued security operatives who commanded the black mamba siege on the High court in 2007.