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PALU Executive Committee

PALU Excutive Committee (2014 - 2017)

President – Mr. Elijah Chola BANDA, SC (Zambia)

Holds a Bachelor of  Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Zambia.

He was admitted to practice as an advocate in December 1986.

Was conferred with Rank, Honour and Dignity of State Counsel in 2008.

Elijah Banda, S.C. has held positions as Vice President of the Law Association of Zambia, President of the Law Association of Zambia. He is also currently serving as President of the Pan African Lawyers  Union (PALU), the umbrella association of African Lawyers and Law Societies.

Elijah  Banda, S.C. is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and also a member of the Zambian Chapter. He is also an accredited Court Mediator.

Elijah Banda, S.C. is Senior Partner in the law firm of ECB Legal Practitioners, a leading commercial law firm in Zambia and recognized as such by Chambers Global. He has also been ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in Commercial Law (Dispute Resolution).





 Vice President – Central Africa: Mr. Gabriel SINARINZI (Burundi)

Depuis 2014: Vice Président du PALU représentant l'Afrique Centrale.

Bâtonnier de l'Ordre des Avocats du Burundi 2014-2015.

Inspecteur Général de la Justice.

Ministre de l’intérieur et de la Securite Publique

Presideent de la Cour des Comptes

Inspecteur General des Finances

Vice President de la Cour Supreme

Président de la Cour d'Appel

Président du Tribunal de Grande Instance.





 Vice President – Eastern Africa: Mr. Eric Kyalo MUTUA (Kenya)

Mr. Eric Mutua is the former President of the Law Society of Kenya and Vice-President PALU, Eastern Region; a Council Member East Africa Law Society, Board member Council of Legal Education, Kenya.

He has a Masters of Law from The University of Nairobi, a LLB from the same University and a Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law.

He has published a UNDP report on Extractive Industry in Kenya.

He has practiced law for 20 years specializing in commercial litigation.

He was awarded the Order of Grad Warrior a Presidential Award in year 2013.

He is married and blessed with two children.






 Vice President – Northern Africa: Mr. Rached BARKACHE (Tunisia)

June 2014: Vice President – Pan-African Lawyers Union – Northern Africa.

June 2013:  Member of National Council of Lawyers, Tunisia.

June 2012: Member of the High Committee of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Tunisia.

June 2011: Member of the High Authority for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution, Political Reforms and Democratic Transition.

June 2010: President of the Regional Council of Lawyers, Sousse - Tunisia.

June 2007: President of the Regional Council of Lawyers, Sousse - Tunisia.

June 2004: President of the Regional Council of Lawyers, Sousse -Tunisia.

Av. Commandant Bjaoui, Imm. Hafyene- Bloc A- 2ème étage


Tel. +21673223333





 Vice President – Southern Africa: Ms. Maureen KONDOWE (Malawi)

Maureen Kondowe attained an LL.M. in International Trade Law at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom in the year 2000. She is a Legal Advisor, Legal Practitioner and Legal Researcher. She runs her own law firm from Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. Her main area of focus is commercial law with particular emphasis on both domestic and international contracts for the sale of goods, domestic and international contracts for the carriage of goods, trade finance law, Malawi investment law, copyright, patents and trademarks law. She participated in the Legal Forum on China-Africa Cooperation where she presented a paper that analyses the perceived legal barriers to China-Africa Investment Cooperation. She is a former Vice President and Honorary Secretary of the Malawi Law Society. She is also a former Executive Committee member of the SADC Lawyers Association.  She is a current Executive Committee member of the Pan African Lawyers Union. She has current individual professional membership with the Malawi Law Society, Pan African Lawyers Union and SADC Lawyers Association. Previously, Maureen was a Law Reform Officer for the Malawi Law Commission and an Assistant Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malawi. She has worked as a Part-time Research Associate for the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA) Malawi Chapter and co-authored the book entitled "In Search of Justice: Women and the Administration of Justice in Malawi". She has also contributed a chapter to the book entitled "In Search of Equality: Women, Society and the Law in Africa" which was published in February 2014 by University of Cape Town Press. She has facilitated numerous international workshops on women’s rights litigation, public interest litigation, trial observation, constitutionalism and constitution-making processes and the administration of justice for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, International Commission of Jurists Africa Regional Office and SADC Lawyers Association.



 Vice President – Western Africa: Mr. Emeka Jude Phillipe OBEGOLU (Nigeria)

Emeka Jude Phillipe Obegolu is a Legal practitioner by training an Arbitrator and Mediator by passion, a consummate and committed Bar Man and a reformer by choice.


Born on the 21st September 1973 to the family of Chief Charles E. N. Obegolu and Chief Mary I. Obegolu (both legal practitioners), he attended Ekulu primary school Enugu,  the College of Immaculate Conception, Enugu, and proceeded to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Anambra State where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Law. Having a desire to be a full fledged practitioner he proceeded to the Nigerian Law school and was duly called to the bar on the 28th September 1999.


He had his early practice experience with the firm of Adetokunbo Kayode & Co from 1999 and resigned in 2002 to set up Greenfield Chambers in partnership with a colleague, Agada John Elachi. Greenfield Chambers remains the first indegienous Legal Practice Partnership in the Federal Capital Territory and became a source of inspiration and encouragement to latter day law partnerships in and around the FCT.

He’s currently the PALU Vice President for Western Africa and former General Secretary of NBA.



 Secretary-General - Mr. Kari ABDOUL BAGUI (Cameroon)

Former President of the “Bar Training Commission of Cameroon”
Former Secretary of the Cameroonian Bar Association
Secretary General of PALU
Member of the International Union of Lawyers (UIA)
Certified trainer of trainers of ENM of France and ERSUMA - PORTO NOVO
Member of the National Competition Commission of Cameroon
Founder of SOS Justice, law popularization association and justice observatory.
Arbitrator on the list of the Permanent Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CPAM) in Douala.
Member of the Anti-Corruption Unit at the Ministry of Environment - Cameroon.

Areas of practice: Competition law, Investment Law and Environmental law


Les atteintes à la concurrence entre entreprises au Cameroun

Yaoundé, 1993, 120p.

Regard sur les privatisations au Cameroun suivi d'un recueil de textes, Yaoundé, 2001, 290 p.

Le contentieux électoral en question : Guide pratique, Yaoundé 2004, 140p.

La protection juridique des ressources génétiques en Afrique Centrale, 2007 80p.

La mise en œuvre du droit des investissements au Cameroun (in progress)

Cabinet ABDOUL BAGUI & associés, BP 25082 Yaoundé

Tel : +237 33014095/ +242 790950/+237 77766169/+237 96383776





President of TLS - Ms. Fatma Karume (Tanzania)

Fatma Karume is a partner at IMMMA Advocates. Her areas of practice include commercial litigation, judicial review, tax disputes, arbitration, winding-up, receivership, company law, intellectual property law and media l w.

Fatma was involved in the merger between Karume & Co and IMMMA 2007, Founder of Karume & Co, Advocates 2004, junior Partner, Mkono & Company, Advocates 2000- 2003, Pupil, 5 Raymond Building, Gray’s Inn, London 1998, Of the Middle Temple, Barrister since 1998, Associate, Mkono & Company, Advocates, 1996, Advocate, High Court of Zanzibar since 1994, apprenticed as State Attorney, Attorney General’s Chambers, Zanzibar, 1993 and apprenticed as State Attorney, Attorney General’s Chambers, Dar es Salaam, 1992.

Speaks English, Swahili & French

Bar Council of England and Wales Law Society of Zanzibar Tanganyika Law Society

Degree of the Utter Bar, Middle Temple, London, 1998 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills, Inns of Court School of Law, 1998 LLM, London School of Economics, 1997 Diplome de Sciences Juridiques, Universite de Strasbourg, 1991 LLB (Hons), University of Sussex, 1992

+255 22 211 1622


 Deputy Secretary-General - Ms. Gigi REID-MILES (Swaziland)

Past Vice President – Law Society of Swaziland (LSS)

Past Councillor – Southern African Development Community Lawyers’ Association (SADC LA)

Brings legal practice skills, corporate governance and company secretarial, and the Southern African and women lawyers’ constituencies.





 Treasurer - Mr. Bruce Kwarisiima KYERERE (Uganda)

Past President – Uganda Law Society (ULS)

Past Treasurer – East Africa Law Society (EALS)

Brings legal practice skills, corporate governance and company secretarial, and the East African constituency.




 Chief Executive Officer (Ex Officio): Mr. Donald Omondi DEYA (Kenya)

Donald Deya is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), based in Arusha, Tanzania. He was previously Chief Executive of the East Africa Law Society (EALS) and, before that, Acting CEO of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya), and Deputy CEO of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). He is Chair of the Centre for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union (CCPAU), and of the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP). He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the African Court Coalition (ACC), of which he is also a former Chairperson.


He has keen interest in – and has researched, spoken and written on – continental and regional integration; constitutionalism; democracy and good governance; the just rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights and access to justice; HIV, Human Rights and Legislation; the interface between law, human rights and information and communications technologies (ICTs); and, lately, on international criminal justice in Africa.


He is also a Councillor of the African Forum of the International Bar Association (AfrIBA); former Secretary of AfrIBA; a former Executive Committee Member of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE), and of its Programme Committee. Don is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA); International Law Association (ILA); Society for International Development (SID); Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA); International Commission of Jurists (ICJ); African Association of International Law (AAIL); East Africa Law Society (EALS); Southern African Development Community Lawyers’ Association (SADC LA), Law Society of Kenya (LSK); and several other non-profits.



PALU Executive Committee (2009-2013)
  1. President: Mr. Akere T. MUNA (Cameroon)
  2. Vice President for Central Africa: Mr. Vincent KARANGWA (Rwanda)
  3. Vice President for Eastern Africa: Mr. Hashim AL JA’LY (Sudan)
  4. Vice President for Northern Africa: Mr. Mohommed JMOUR (Tunisia)
  5. Vice President for Southern Africa: Mr. Elijah BANDA (Zambia)
  6. Vice President for Western Attica: Mr. Mame Adama GUEYE (Senegal)
  7. Secretary General: Mr. Akintola Anthony AKINBOTE (Nigeria)
  8. Deputy Secretary General: Mr. Bruce KYERERE (Uganda)
  9. Treasurer: Prof. Tom Odhiambo OJIENDA (Kenya)
  10. Member: President, Ethiopian Bar Association: Mr. Seleshi KETSELA (Ethiopia)
  11. Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Donald DEYA

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