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Law society assures Ugandans of free legal aid services

By Jimmy Outa

Added 7th October 2019 12:21 PM

“The national legal aid bill involves the provision of free legal services for the poor and vulnerable.

Law society assures Ugandans of free legal aid services

(Left to right) Lyandro Komakech, the chairman Greater North Parliamentary Forum, pose for a photo with Mukasa Namubiru the executive director Legal Aid Service Providers Network, Dorah Mafabi, the program manager Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) after the legal aid day at Makerere University in Kampala recently. (Photo by Jimmy Outa)

“The national legal aid bill involves the provision of free legal services for the poor and vulnerable.

Greater north parliamentary forum chairman and Member of Parliament Lyandro Komakech recently assured Ugandans of free legal aid services whenever they are in need.

"The national legal aid bill involves the provision of free legal services for the poor and vulnerable. This extends beyond representation by a lawyer in court to legal advice and assistance on both civil and criminal matters, "he said.

Komakech made the remarks during the concept for the legal aid day at Makerere University, Kampala recently.

Komakech noted that the committee has finalized its submissions of the report and parliament is to debate it when it resumes for the second seating.

He said the National legal aid bill, seeks to give the obligation to the government to offer legal aid support to indigent and vulnerable persons in the country who have for long been having challenges of access to justice.

According to Dorah Mafabi, the program manager democratic governance facility (DGF), who noted the roles of the bill, said that the bill is of paramount importance and a fundamental right that ought to be universal. Therefore, the lack of effective access to justice is a major barrier for people to realize their human rights.

  yandro omakech the chairman reater orth arliamentary orum interacting with orah afabi the program manager emocratic overnance acility  after the legal aid day at akerere university in ampala Lyandro Komakech, the chairman Greater North Parliamentary Forum, interacting with Dorah Mafabi the program manager Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) after the legal aid day at Makerere university in Kampala

 

"In the absence of access to justice, people are unable to have their voices heard, exercise their rights, challenge discrimination or hold decision-makers accountable" she reported

The public interest law clinic (PILAC) called upon the government to undertake the national efforts to provide legal aid through legal education since access to justice for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized occupies a specific niche in PILAC'S mandate to promote social justice through legal education.

What others say

According to Frank Okuku the chairman Kabalagala, the legal aid clinic is an important decision from the legal aid services, "we have been suffering accessing lawyers".

"Land wrangles and oppression have been my problems because I could not afford to pay for a lawyer, I am thankful for the legal aid services that have come out to help us," said Konel Ssemujju, a client.     

 
 

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