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.

Police is seen hanging around High Court Gardens as lawyers condemned their excessive force in curbing down walk to work protest

Police is seen hanging around High Court Gardens as lawyers condemned their excessive force in curbing down walk to work protest

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.

Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki delivers his speech after after receiving a petition from the Uganda Law Society

Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki delivers his speech after after receiving a petition from the Uganda Law Society

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.

Lawyers listen to Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki's address at the High Court

Lawyers listen to Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki's address at the High Court

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.

Journalists celebrated World Press Freedom day by walking  from the CHOGM gardens at Parliament to Uganda Railways.

Journalists celebrated World Press Freedom day by walking from the CHOGM gardens at Parliament to Uganda Railways.

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!

Nobert Mao joined the lawyers to protest the police brutality in the past 3 weeks

Nobert Mao joined the lawyers to protest the police brutality in the past 3 weeks

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.

IGP, Kale Kayihura was cornered by journalists to give a comment against his wishes. He has been quiet since the brutal arrest of Kizza Besigye. He defended the actions of the police and plane clothed security men

IGP, Kale Kayihura was cornered by journalists to give a comment against his wishes. He has been quiet since the brutal arrest of Kizza Besigye. He defended the actions of the police and plane clothed security men

About 200 lawyers accused security agencies of committing crimes against humanity.

A lawyer takes a call at High Court Gardens

A lawyer takes a call at High Court Gardens

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.

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