A group of legal dons and practitioners have taken to social media blasting the Law Development Center (LDC) for summoning a group of eight female students for engaging in a dance at High Court-Commercial Division, saying there is no law the students violated to warrant summons.
The rebuke followed a video uploaded on social media sites showing the girls dancing the popular song ‘Tumbiza Sound’ by Kyambogo University student, Eric Opoka whose lyrics takes a swipe at Government for closing places of entertainment following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Uganda.
As soon as LDC Administration got wind of the video, they moved swiftly to issue summons to the girls who were undertaking their clerkship at Commercial court.
In the summons, the team is supposed to appear before LDC Administration today at 2Pm without fail and that matters to be discussed were of urgent importance.
The summoned students are; Kakidi Ann, Nambafu Annet, Kalungi Kellen, Nabirye Zeridah, Nyinamastiko Gloria, Kyomuhendo Justine, Kamaliza Immaculate and Basemera Edith.
However, the summons angered some members within the legal fraternity and leading the criticism over the summons was renown Makerere University Law Don, Busingye Kabumba, who wrote on twitter.
His argument was backed by Diana Angwech, Vice President Uganda Law Society noting, “Everyone in their youth should be allowed a lapse of judgment.”
However, one of the students, Ann Kakidi wrote a letter to the Justices of the Commercial Courts as well as the Registrar, expressing remorse over her conduct and promised never to partake in such a move again.
It should be recalled that last year, Ministry of Health wrote to Uganda Communications Commission to ban the playing of the Tumbiza Sound song by Eric Opoka over its lyrics that health experts argued undermined efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, after fierce public rebuke, Government rescinded on its decision and agreed to do a remix of the song with the artist.