I Don't Regret Any of My Legal Opinions- Nyombi

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The society accused him of incompetence and offering wrong legal advice to the government. Nyombi's legal opinions, ULS said, were inconsistent with the Constitution. The lawyers, led by Jude Mbabaali, alleged that Nyombi misadvised President Yoweri Museveni on a number of controversial issues including; the re-appointment of Benjamin Odoki as Chief Justice and the appointment of an active military General, Aronda Nyakairima as minister for Internal Affairs.

The leadership of the Uganda law society is a disgrace to the institution, Attorney General Peter Nyombi has said. He accuses them of abandoning their mandate and instead engaging in petty issues.

His sentiments follow a court ruling through which Justice Stephen Musota of the high court quashed a 2-year suspension and a certificate of incompetence handed to Nyombi by the society last year.

The society accused him of incompetence and offering wrong legal advice to the government. Nyombi's legal opinions, ULS said, were inconsistent with the Constitution. The lawyers, led by Jude Mbabaali, alleged that Nyombi misadvised President Yoweri Museveni on a number of controversial issues including; the re-appointment of Benjamin Odoki as Chief Justice and the appointment of an active military General, Aronda Nyakairima as minister for Internal Affairs.

But Justice Stephen Musota said that Uganda Law Society has no legal authority to suspend any of its members. Justice Musota said only the Law Council can suspend and revoke a license of a legal practitioner and that the decision of the Law Society was an opinion, which cannot be legally binding.

Musota also faulted the law society for not giving Nyombi an opportunity to be heard. The judge also quashed Nyombi's certificate of incompetence, arguing ULS had no powers to issue it.

Nyombi describes the outcome of the process was an embarrassment to the lawyer's body although he admits that the society has an important part to play in shaping the future of the legal fraternity in the country. 

Nyombi emphasizes that he does not regret any of his legal opinions and cannot offer an apology for whichever decisions were found wanting since its clear that all decisions taken against him were in bad faith and insane.

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Nyombi says he owes the law society no apology for his opinions. He says he wrote those opinions after thorough research. Nyombi says the best the members who disagreed with him would have been to raise their issues to him instead of suspending him from Uganda law society.

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He says the society acted out of ignorance and that they were motivated by political inclinations and other hidden factors. He says most of the people who backed the decision are either members of the opposition, or those who are defending people who had won huge sums of money from government through claims.

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Uganda Law society is yet to respond to the court ruling and the latest attack from the Attorney General.

Ruth Sebatindira, the president of the Uganda Law society could not be reached for a comment. She was reported out of the office by the time of filing the story.