Law Society of East African Lawyers meeting in Dar es salaam this past weekend elected into office a new Executive Council (Board) headed by Mr. Richard Mugisha, one of Rwanda’s top lawyers, as President. This was during the Annual General Meeting of the East Africa Law Society, the umbrella body for East Africa’s Lawyers, held on Saturday 26th November 2016, at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es salaam.
Ms. Maria Mbeneka was elected Second Vice President of the East Africa Law Society. Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Council Members, Ms. Harriete Chiggai, was also elected as Deputy Secretary General while Mr. David Njoroge elected as Council Member of the regional professional body.
The Law Society of Kenya President Mr. Isaac E.N Okero congratulated the three Kenyan lawyers and expressed confidence in them.
Earlier, the Tanzania Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Kassim Majaliwa officially opened the 21st East Africa Law Society Annual Conference. The theme of the Annual Conference was “Enhancing Business Competitiveness Through a Greater Democratization of East Africa.” The Prime Minister lauded EALS and Bar Associations from the region for standing for the Rule of Law.
The Prime Minister hailed EALS for finalizing the Mutual Recognition Agreement for Lawyers which is awaiting signatures by Attorney Generals of member States. The Premier issued directions for the Justice and Constitutional Minister and Attorney General of Tanzania to advice the Government on the MRA for Tanzania to be on board. The Conference attracted over 600 members from the region.