• Short Summary

    President Idi Amin of Uganda, opening the first ordinary annual conference of the African Bar Association in Kampala, Uganda, on Wednesday (August 2), recalled the prominent part that lawyers had played in the achievement of independence in many parts of Africa - and, said a tendency towards 'indifference and complacency' was beginning to appear in the ranks of the legal profession.

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    President Idi Amin of Uganda, opening the first ordinary annual conference of the African Bar Association in Kampala, Uganda, on Wednesday (August 2), recalled the prominent part that lawyers had played in the achievement of independence in many parts of Africa - and, said a tendency towards 'indifference and complacency' was beginning to appear in the ranks of the legal profession. Concern for their countrymen and for public causes were giving way to the pursuit of personal gain, he said.

    He also urged lawyers from Commonwealth African nations to make greater efforts to ensure that the processes of law were understood by the masses in their countries.

    In many African nations, he said, the ordinary people had no clear idea of the law of the land.

    The African Bar Association was formed last year (1971) in Nairobi, Kenya by lawyers from African member states of the British Commonwealth. Its aims include the strengthening of professional links between members; the maintenance of standards and ethics; the improvement of legal education; and the improvement of legal services to the public.

    The two-day conference was being attended by lawyers from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, and it was due to discuss, among other subjects, a draft of the Association's proposed constitution.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACOBG1K5ALND9SL9IPN9HO6USE
    Media URN:
    VLVACOBG1K5ALND9SL9IPN9HO6USE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
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