Ugandan Lawyers threaten 3-Day strike
The power of social media is enormous.
Once it bursts, saving it is quite impossible. Facebook, Twitter and blogs have shaped Ugandan politics in past few weeks.
As government tries to impede information flow, social forums have been the only avenues through which Ugandans have been flowered with information. True or false.
Therefore my gratitude goes to all the journos (local/foreign) who celebrated World Press Freedom Day with a drink up at The Heights– Centenary Park. Uganda’s celebrated journos were in attendance: Daniel Kalinaki, Barbara Among…and James Akena who got a toss for his exclusive “Hammer man” photos that were splashed on the Daily Monitor’sfront pages.
It’s then that I realized my blog outwits me as a celebrity. Reactions like, “Oooh! So you are the guy behind Echwalu Photography?” were very common.
I met James Akena. For me, Uganda’s best photographer. He showered me with praises I couldn’t contain. It was such a fulfilling moment meeting someone you have looked to for years.
Now he’s a colleague at Reuters. If you asked me this a few years ago, it would take me a while to give you an answer!
That aside, I covered the Ugandan Law Society handing over a petition to Uganda’s Chief Justice, protesting the excessive use of force by Police/Military and other security agencies to curb down food and fuel price protests.
About 200 lawyers accused security agencies of committing crimes against humanity.
In the petition, the lawyers have also questioned the independence of the judiciary referring to the way the Mengo’s Chief Magistrate; Philip Odoki conducted the vote recount even with a High Court injunction on the exercise.