Wednesday January 15 2014

PWDs want lawyer disciplined over assault



A section of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) yesterday said they would drag city lawyer David Bwambale to the Law Council to face disciplinary action for assaulting them.

Under their umbrella association, ‘Abalema United Effort’, they claim the lawyer masqueraded as their lawyer and connived with rebel PWDs to sell their land currently under contention.
They claim he received about Shs80 million for the transaction. They further allege that when they confronted the lawyer (Bwambale) to explain the allegations, he got angry, kicked some of them at the High Court, Criminal Division.

Mr Gerald Kaketo, the secretary of the PWDs association, yesterday came to court with a plastered swollen face saying this was part of the evidence to pin the lawyer.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Bwambale, his colleague [Bwambale Musede and Co. Advocates], Mr Derrick Ngoye, denied the allegations leveled against him but gave the PWDs a go-ahead to raise their complaint with the Law Council.

Not known to be violent
Mr Ngoye also defended his colleague, saying he does not know him for being a violent man.
The Law Council is mandated to regulate and discipline errant lawyers in Uganda. This is not the first time these particular PWDs have protested or expressed dissatisfaction in connection to their land case measuring about half an acre located on Plot 175 Bombo Road in Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb.

Several demonstrations
On several occasions, they have staged demonstrations at court to express their dissatisfaction including the delay in passing judgment. The land in dispute was officially donated to them by President Museveni in 2005. They accuse Salvation Army of conniving with the Uganda Land Commission to take over their land under the pretext of continuing to look after them, which is now a point of contention.