- Description of self.
Alexander Twinokwesiga is a twenty-five years old advocate of the High Court, a struggling writer, and a serial social entrepreneur.
He is a Ugandan, one who was born and bred in a town that is the blithe paradise of Mbarara, Uganda. He is one of, and the first of three siblings.
He is a marathon tourist, who likes telling stories, loves reading books, lives on the road, and finds contributing to notable causes to be a worthy lifestyle.
He is no longer an avid sports fan, but whenever he can, he will sympathise with Gor Mahia, and Manchester United, his favourite local and foreign soccer clubs.
He eats and drinks, a lot, but knows no meal better than millet bread, and no drink better than a cappuccino.
- Kiiza Besigye’s treason case
The Dr. Kiiza Besigye treason case (2016) does not meet the bare minimum of the threshold for charging someone with treason.
The charge sheet has been found wanting as it bears illegalities that can be described as incurable. It, for example, is said not to be sanctioned by a state attorney or a magistrate but rather, by a police officer.
His offence does not meet the full description as per Section 23 of the Penal Code Act, Chapter 120, Laws of Uganda. He has not levied any war against Uganda, or unlawfully caused or attempted to cause the death of the President. Besigye was nothing more than a presidential candidate who is, apparently, paying the price for running against the incumbent.
- Kabila’s extension of presidential term
Article 70 of The Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo  expressly states that “The President is elected by direct universal suffrage for a term of five years which is renewable only once”
In the same provision, it adds thus; “at the end of his term, the President stays in office until the President-elect effectively assumes his functions.”
The decision by the Court amounts to an award of permission to the President to violate the Constitution in order to satisfy his selfish desire of keeping at the helm.
- Trial of Rwanda Genocide suspects in France
Even though it may be interpreted by some as a test for what are already strained relations for both France and Rwanda, the trial of the two Rwandan ex-mayors over the 1994 genocide is, at least to me, a welcome move. I believe that all people who commit crimes against humanity, as it was in Rwanda, where unprecedented violence, severe human rights violations, systematic, widespread and flagrant breaches of international humanitarian law and genocide took place should be brought to account for their roles and penalised accordingly.
- IEBC must go
In a decent democratic dispensation, it is the innate right of all participants to choose the leaders they want to lead them. Kenya’s adamant maintenance of the IEBC, in its current constitution, is an affront on that right. No one, opposition or otherwise, is guaranteed a transparent election in 2017, and peaceful state thereafter, if the Government and all its agencies are not open to negotiations that can yield the creation of a reformed, independent and representative IEBC. Should it go? Not really. We need it, but reformed well enough to and for everyone’s appreciation.
- Kenya’s breach of global anti-doping rules
Kenya has finally succumbed to worldwide condemnation about its top athletes who are considered doping suspects. The Anti Doping Act has now been amended in order to ensure total compliance with local and international regulations and legal structures on sports and athletics. Forty (40) Kenyan athletes have previously been found involved in drug scandals and thus in breach of global anti-doping rules and calling for blacklisting by WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency. The effect is that the athletes found in breach with punished with fines and, where applicable, bans from participation.
- Laws School Toolbox
Law school can be and indeed is a jungle of activity, thoughts, books, and colleagues. However, to make the most of it, it is best that every student in laws school needs to stay the course, keep manageable schedules that will help them keep productive and accountable, and working hard enough to get and maintain not only good grades, but to internalise all the legal content they encounter. It is that that will help them lay a strong foundation for a rewarding career after graduation.
- Parting shot.
The legal profession is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the birth of a new breed of freelance lawyers, is a new trend of the non-traditional, the non-conventional lawyer, one who deviates from the norm that we have been used to for eons.
In a now more remote world, they are as good as any lawyer out there, but more diverse and freer as compared to their counterparts. They can take on work anywhere and at anytime, and can deliver results. Both the young and the geriatrics need to pay attention to them.