By Deborah Akunyo
KIU, Main Campus-After losing to Jonathan Areeba by a margin of 14 votes in last year's race for president of the Law Society, Pius Kiyemba(PK) is becoming an embodiment of resilience and perseverance as he returns to seek the mandate to the biggest office in the school of law.
Kiyemba is fronting the need for a refreshment in the school of law as his unique selling point, claiming that the school of law has for long lacked someone who has fresh ideas.
He claims to have began his job of transforming the society even before he first thought of running for president. He is part of the team that organized the first mentorship workshop of the year.
"I believe that if students get the mentorship that they desire they will be equipped with information that they need to navigate around the legal profession and even other disciplines of life," he said.
"As law students, we tend to only look at mooting and debating as different but if we blend the two of them, we can actually come up with better lawyers of all time," he added.
Kiyemba said he has been and will continue to assist students in getting internship placement at different prestigious law firms.
"It is very unfortunate that most law students after completing law school spend their recess time at home which is about four or five months instead of doing something, so with the connections I have made over time, I want to help get these students internship placements as they wait to join LDC during that recess time," he assured.
Kiyemba also intends to take the name of the KIU law society to greater heights as compared to the other law societies from other universities.
"Through the moot and debating competitions, I hope to increase the KIU law society's visibility on a national and worldwide scale," he said.
"As the saying goes, "two brains are better than one," so I will combine what others and I know to get the greatest outcomes. And we are truly fortunate to have some of the top debaters and mooters, like Jonathan Areeba," he added.
Kiyemba also wants to address inclusivity in the school of law.
"Because they are not taken care of and led by the correct individuals when they first start school, the majority of law students are lost and end up with a bad attitude towards society.
" I've noticed that the only students in the moot court are from the fourth and third years, leaving the students in years one and two out. However, I want to implement a system whereby students from year one onward will only be eligible to compete in the moot courts if they attend practice; if year four has not practiced, only year one will be allowed to do so," he noted.
Kiyemba draws inspiration from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Barrack Obama, who he says he looks up to as he embarks on a political career.
"Obama wrote in his book "The Promised Land" about "breaking the deadlocks," stating that he believed it was possible for a black man to run for president and that "becoming president is also breaking the deadlocks of his lineage in history," he reflected.
"President Museveni reiterates in his book "The Mustard Seed" that it took him just 27 individuals to become a leader. That told me that I don't need to work with everyone but only a few who will affect the plans to others," he continued.
The School of Law will vote for new leaders on February 23rd 2024.