KAMPALA, UGANDA: The National Unity Platform’s Head of Legal Team, Counsel Anthony Wameli has been named best criminal defence lawyer of the year by the Uganda Law Society (ULS).
Wameli who also represents jailed rebel leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Jamil Mukulu had his law firm, Wameli & Co Advocates also voted the best law firm of the year.
Wameli shot into the limelight four years ago when he represented suspects accused of killing the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP)Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Other lawyers awarded included; Justice Kenneth Kakuru awarded with the distinguished lifetime service award, Turyamusiima Geoffrey as the rising star and the human rights defender of the year.
Congratulating Wameli on his award, NUP party president Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine tweeted: “We are absolutely delighted that the legal fraternity views him as a very committed and devoted lawyer. Counsel Wameli has defended countless comrades who have been arrested and illegally detained.”
Kyagulanyi also congratulated Turyamusiima who is also part of their legal team, on being voted the human rights defender of the year.
“He has defended human rights with great passion and devotion and we congratulate you comrade on an award very well deserved. May God bless both of you, and may you continue to be an inspiration to the younger lawyers to follow in your footsteps,” he said.