The Uganda Law Council has suspended nine lawyers over professional misconduct following an intense disciplinary committee sitting.
The lawyers include Timothy Atuhaire, Jonathan B. Abaine, Kenneth Nsubuga Ssebagayunga, Allan Mulindwa, Suleiman Musoke, Fred Eddie Lugalambi.
The suspension was confirmed by Uganda Law Society president Simon Peter Kinobe who sits on the law council disciplinary committee.
The suspended lawyers were involved in compensation and land related matters during which they failed to meet their client’s expectations.
Speaking to the Nile Post, Kinobe said, “I have received letters from the law council confirming that nine of our registered lawyers have been suspended for up to 2 years from the bar.”
He explained that the lawyers were suspended following cases filed against them to the council by their clients.
Kinobe went on to say, “Many of them failed to account for professional fees by their clients, and even after calls to appear before the council some didn’t appear. Those who did not appear have equally been suspended until they decide to appear before the council.”
The cases that got the lawyers into hot water
Timothy Atuhaire vs the Rwenzori Diocese Savings and Credit Cooperative Society
Jonathan B. Abaine vs Mostapher Khamisy Kenyi in Abaine failed to account for client’s money
Kenneth Nsubuga vs George William Semmombwe in which Nsubuga declined to appear before the law council.
Allan Mulindwa vs Cherry Meng Xiaoyan in which case Mulindwa refused to appear before disciplinary committee
Suleiman Musoke vs Lwanira Tadeo in which case Musoke was suspended for two years.
This year the disciplinary council has handled over 40 cases and 15 advocates have been suspended in total.
Simon Peter Kinobe expressed concern at the rise in cases of unprofessional conduct. The law council has over 1000 cases waiting to be heard.
He said that the growing number of cases against lawyer’s conduct is worrying as their profession is tasked to exercise the highest level of integrity, decorum and honour.
Clients whose lawyers have been suspended are advised to seek alternative representation. There over 35,000 lawyers registered with the Uganda Law Society. The clients can also seek aid at the law society’s legal aid department.
The lawyers not satisfied with decision of the council can appeal to the High Court.
Edited by David Tumusiime