Willy Rubeya, a Burundian, has been elected the president of the East Africa Law Society during the association’s annual general meeting in Mombasa County. By EALS

« I am honoured to assume the office of the president of EALS » – Rubeya

The East Africa Law Society (EALS) is the regional Bar Association of East Africa formed in 1995 and incorporated in Tanzania. The EALS has over 10,000 individual members and also has six national Bar associations(A bar association is a professional association of lawyers) as members: Law Society of Kenya, Tanganyika Law Society, Uganda Law Society, Zanzibar Law Society, Kigali Bar Association, and Burundi Bar Association.

Mr. Willy Rubeya, who is a member of the Burundi Bar Association, takes over from Mr. Richard Mugisha of the Rwanda Bar Association who has been at the helm of the society for the last two years.

In his speech, Mr. Rubeya thanked the society members for electing him and promised to do whatever possible to deal with identified challenges plaguing the regional association of lawyers.

On his part, the outgoing president said they had inherited a society which had financial difficulties and without a strategic plan.

“We adopted one (strategic plan), restructured the secretariat and rebuilt the credibility of the society,” said Mr. Mugisha.

More than 600 lawyers had converged at the Pride Inn Paradise Resort for the annual conference which kicked off on Tuesday.