The Uganda Law Society (ULS) is on a crush programme to open at least 100 Rule of Law clubs in universities and secondary schools this year.
This was disclosed by Alice Namuli-Blazevic, the society’s vice president, at the launch of a similar club at Cavendish Uganda University.
“This year, we have inaugurated several rule of law clubs in different secondary schools and universities. Our target for this year is 100,” she said, urging that any educational institution that desires to have such a club can contact the society for guidance.
Welcoming Law Society officials to the function at Cavendish’s law school at Kamwokya, Kampala, last Friday, the dean, faculty of Law, Dr Olive Sabiiti, said the club is yet another valuable tool to realize their goal of teaching law within its social context.
“We teach law in its context: besides the theory, we aim to involve our students directly in solving society’s problems. We avail a variety of opportunities to our students to interact with various legal minds and categories of people and discourage the attitude of critiquing and lamentation without practical attempts at solutions,” Sabiiti said.
She added that Cavendish already has a human rights club. The law society helps in the establishment and mentoring of both kinds of clubs, she added. “The two clubs are expected to nurture and mentor future lawyers and responsible citizens.”
Irene Kuaga, who heads the rule of law department at ULS, said the club helps young people to learn and put in practice the wide concept of rule of law which includes, but not limited to, the law being superior to any sitting government.
“Without a rule of law in a country, there will be instability, and no one will be able to enjoy their freedoms. The club will help you to regularly discuss issues like governance, justice, exercise of rights and enable you interact with communities. You will have a book sub-club that encourages a reading culture, organize regular moot courts and seminars, besides outreaches in communities and keenly following current affairs,” Kuaga explained.
Francis Gimara, Uganda Law Society president, donated books to the club. “The rule of law club is a seed we are sowing to the young generation. Though some of the seeds may be eaten by birds or fall on rock and not germinate, our hope is that Cavendish is one of the fertile soils,” he said. “Your future lies in participating, not in complaining and withdrawal. We [ULS] are here because we are concerned that the rule of law has become fragile.”
The function attracted students of other faculties of Cavendish, and law schools of Makerere and Uganda Christian universities. The club, which will be pass a constitution and start operations next semester, has Richard Rwatoro as its interim president.