Lawyers under their umbrella body, the Uganda Law Society have elected Simon Peter Kinobe as their new president at their Annual General Assembly held at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe on Saturday evening.
Kinobe beat Alice Namuli with 760 votes against 268 votes to become the 16th president of the lawyers’ body and replace Francis Gimara whose two year tenure ended.
Kinobe is a criminal lawyer and a partner at KMT advocates founded in 2007.
Other members of the Uganda Law Society executive voted on Saturday include Pheona Nabasa(Vice President),Aaron Besigye (Treasurer).
Francis Harimwomugasho was elected as the Honorary Secretary of the society unopposed, Anne Birungi(Central region),Shamim Amolo(Northern Uganda),Enock Kyabakaya(Eastern Uganda) and Henry Ampurire Kamparo(Western Uganda).
Established under the Uganda Law Society act, the lawyers’ body came into existence in 1956 and is mandated with ensuring high level of professionalism among lawyers in the country.
The Uganda Law Society has of recent become so vocal, especially on matters regarding the rule of law in the country.
The body is remembered to be among the parties that petitioned the Constitutional court against the amendment of article 102(b) of the constitution to lift both the upper and lower age limits for a presidential candidate which was passed into law last year.
Hearing of the petition starts next week in Mbale.