Lawyer Bernard Oundo has been elected the new president of the Uganda Law Society (ULS), a professional association that brings together all lawyers in Uganda.
The race had six candidates: Angwesh Diana, Oundo, Chemisto Shuaib Kubai Rayan, Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka, Karemire Mugagga Mukuye, and Olivia Kyarimpa Matovu, but the tight competition was between Oundo and Ninsiima.
Oundo and Ninsiima are alumni of Uganda Christian University (UCU) and Makerere University, respectively, so some people regard their competition as a race between Makerere and UCU. Oundo gathered 1056 votes while Ninsiima got 723 votes.
Oundo’s win makes him the first UCU alumni to become the ULS president.
He replaces Pheona Wall, who has been in office since September 2020. Pheona Wall replaced Simon Peter Kinobe.
Meanwhile, in 2021 Oundo, was elected the president of the East Africa Law Society (EALS), a professional association that brings together all lawyers in the region.
He garnered 793 votes, translating into 56.6 percent of the total votes cast to become the president of the EALS for 2021–2022.