As more than 664 lawyers graduated last Friday at the Law Development Centre (LDC) in Makerere, there were a few outstanding individuals tipped to take the legal profession by storm, writes SAMUEL MUHINDO.
Frank Nigel Othembi, the LDC director, has commended the 2019 LDC graduates for their dedication and patience during and after exams. He also revealed that for the first time, this year’s lot was graded using a cumulative assessment system that has replaced standalone examinations.
At the same function, Simon Peter Kinobe, the president Uganda Law Society (ULS) reminded the graduates that professionalism is essential to success. “Do not eat clients’ money because yours shall come and it shall be sufficient. So, please go make us proud with integrity,” he said
LDC’s 46th graduation ceremony was presided over by Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja, the inspector general of government (IGG). Among the fresh graduates was Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo. Last year, the legislator unsuccessfully sought a court injunction to block the graduation ceremony on grounds that he was unfairly treated.
However, he had no regrets this time and was ecstatic to finally qualify to the bar. “Patience is the most important thing and my ambitions shall never be dampened because LDC is my home,” said a relieved Ssekikubo.
The overall best student in the bar course was Peterson Mwesiga, also a lecturer of Engineering at Makerere University, who has been referred to as an academic genius. He holds two first-class degrees in Engineering and Laws from Makerere University and is also currently pursuing a PhD in engineering.
The other top performers are Samuel Openy, who scooped the Attorney General’s prize; Saddam Solomon, the Attorney General’s prize and Florence Mbekeka, the ULS presidential award. These came second, third and fourth respectively.
Justice Irene Mulyagonja, the chief guest, called upon lawyers to maintain the highest levels of integrity as they execute their work. She advised them to desist from any form of corruption. “As you leave LDC, endeavor to be the finest men and women by living to the tenets of the profession,” she said.
At the ceremony, 664 individuals graduated with a diploma in Legal Practice and Legal Aid, 542 with a diploma in Law whereas 43 obtained a diploma in Human Rights.