On 9 August 2022, Isaac Ssemakadde, a senior lawyer and advocate expressed his intention to seek election as president of the Uganda Law Society (ULS) with the view of bringing what he described as anti-clockwise thinking to the society.
His intention was welcomed by many lawyers but some raised a number of issues regarding his character, dress code and the fact that he has been calling for the abolition of the Law Development Centre (LDC).
Over the weekend , Ssemakadde shocked his fellow lawyers and supporters at large when he released a statement indicating his withdrawal from the race.
Ssemakadde cited a number of reasons including a group of lawyers whom he claimed approached him with a number of concerns which need to be addressed as soon as possible before he could remain the race.
According to Ssemakadde, this group of lawyers pointed out to him that if he was to win the race and become president of the ULS, he would automatically have to join the governing body of LDC, against which he had declared a just war.
“Our primary quarrel with LDC-in its current format is that it is an embarrassing relic from the 1970s that now exists only to extort money from bar course students who are by law forced to attend a programme that is organised and rendered in monopoly/mafia style,” he said in a statement.
In fairness, Ssemakadde said LDC should be disbanded without further delay-and a more progressive system established in its place.
Ssemakadde said he deeply considered the argument of this group of lawyers, and agreed with their counsel that he should suspend his campaign for the ULS presidency this year.
At the very least, Ssemakadde said he must first complete the inaugural stage of the mission to abolish LDC.
“I am deeply indebted to you. I shall communicate the next steps very soon. Over the past few days, I have felt the support of very many of you, including non-lawyers who do not qualify to vote for the ULS president. We have become an emasculated bar, in a rundown society which cannot take us anywhere,” he stated.
Ssemakadde who calls himself “Legal Rebel” applauded the group and Ugandans for the support and those who have shown the will of unmasking the wheeler-dealers who have turned their temple of justice into a den of thieves.
“You have expressed your exhaustion with goody-goodies and suck-ups. You have had enough of people-pleasers! I have heard you,” he said.
ULS is set to hold elections on September 10 2022. The current president is Pheona Wall.