Ms Clare Ninsiima Iraguha is the Senior Legal Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Business, Corporate and Maritime Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam., Netherlands, Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre and Bachelor of Laws Degree, Makerere University. She is currently pursuing a Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS) needed to achieve chartered Company Secretary Status and become a full member of ICSA. She previously worked with the Inspectorate of Government as State Prosecutor for nine (9) years.
She heads the Legal Unit which is an integral office in the daily running of issues pertaining to or requiring legal input within Kyambogo University. Under her stewardship, it has been possible for the Unit to dispense and discharge its duties given the usual constraints experienced in the delivery of Justice. She works with three other officers, and as a Team, they ensure that tasks and duties allocated to them are undertaken, accomplished and delivered within a reasonable time.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF THE UNIT
- To defend and protect the interests of the University
- To promptly and efficiently attend to matters that require legal input
- To facilitate the development and implementation of institutional policies and strict adherence to the same.
- To ensure strict compliance with relevant National laws by officers of the University.
CURRENT FUNCTIONS/DUTIES OF THE LEGAL UNIT
The functions and duties of the Legal Office are summed up as follows:
Legal Unit is involved in the management of cases on behalf of the University before Courts in liaison with the University external lawyers. The duties include preparation of briefs, preparation of witnesses for pre-trial and hearing and preparation of updates to the management. The Legal Unit is also mandated to render legal services to the University through the Student Disciplinary Committee & Staff Disciplinary Committee of the Appointments Board. This entails drafting of charges for students violating the Regulations governing the conduct and discipline of students and staff violating the Regulations governing the Staff Code of Conduct and Terms of Service among others. In the entire litigation process, the legal Unit offers the requisite legal advice.
The Legal Office is actively involved in formulation and guidance on the preparation of documents such as Memorandum of Understanding and Collaboration Agreements. The officers ensure that the document meets the threshold required for execution.
3. Drafting legal documents, Contracts and Agreements
This is a broad area that involves several types of contracts and agreements between Kyambogo University and other private/public entities. Preparation of these contractual agreements is based entirely on the facts i.e., need and nature of business/tenancy. The agreements are in a wide range that involves Commercial Agreements that include Leasing of University space and other Leases that consist of Tenancy Agreements.
4. Legal advice
The Legal Unit is under a duty to offer wise guidance and sound legal counsel to the University, vital in the day-to-day running of activities. Various consumers include University’s Council, management, administration and academic divisions, students and staff.
TARGET/PLANNED OUT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2018/2019
The Unit planned to undertake the following activities;
- Guide the University on all legal and statutory requirements
- Attended meetings of the University Council and its committees plus University Senate and its committees.
- Attend all Court proceedings of all cases against the University.
- Negotiate settlement by consent with some applicants
- Repossession of University land that is occupied by squatters
- Review of contracts, collaborations and agreements with the University
- Represent the University in Staff Tribunal
- Perused all files presented to the unit and advised/guided the University accordingly.
- Followed up and attended all hearings in all matters in which the University is a party.
- Attended all meetings of the University Council and its committees plus University Senate and its committees.
- Reviewed all contracts, collaborations and Memorandums of Understanding signed by the University
- Attended all mediation hearing between Kyambogo University and other parties
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