NUP Mourns Lead Lawyer Anthony Wameli

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Anthony Wameli, who served as the head of the legal staff for the National Unity Platform-NUP party, has passed away.

According to a tweet sent by the President of the NUP Party, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Wameli passed away on Wednesday in the United States of America. Wameli had been brought there in December of last year in order to receive specialist medical care.

  • Known for being a human rights lawyer, Mr Wameli who was a pastor at Ebenezer Christian Fellowship in Kanyanya shot to limelight around 2017 when he represented suspects accused of killing former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
  • The former Nakasongola grade one magistrate was first hospitalized at St. Anthony medical center in Kasangati, Wakiso District in May 2021 due to stomach-related complications according to Daily Monitor.

Wameyi is a former Namisindwa County MP contestant and the head of National Unity Platform (NUP) legal team.

“Very terrible day. Just got the sad news that our great brother and the leader of the legal team, comrade Wameli Anthony from the United States, passed away unexpectedly. To which hospital he was admitted so that he may receive treatment. A tweet including the phrase “details will be disclosed in due course” was published by Kyagulanyi using his official Twitter handle a while ago.

In June 2021, Wameeli fell ill and was rushed to hospital after complaining of stomach pains, and at some point, it was rumoured that he might have been poisoned due to his political affiliations and human rights activism.

However, he was later flown out of the country between June and July this year, and biopsies were done leading to the discovery of his stage four cancer.

He has since been undergoing chemotherapy at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts, US.

In the year 2021, the medical professionals at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts, located in the United States of America, determined that Wameli was suffering from stage four cancer.

Wameli was honoured by the Uganda Law Society (ULS) on September 10, 2021 for his work as the best criminal defence lawyer of the year. Wameli and Company Advocates was selected as the legal firm of the year at the ULS Annual General Meeting, which was held recently.

Wameli, who had been serving as a pastor at Ebenezer Christian Fellowship in Kanyanya, shot to prominence in 2017 as a result of his representation of the suspects accused of murdering former Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard Kenneth Erau, and driver Godfrey Mambewa. Wameli rose to prominence as a result of his work on behalf of the suspects.

In addition to that, he served as the legal counsel for Jamilu Mukulu, who is said to be the leader of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces-ADF, as well as for retired Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde and Robert Kyagulanyi, who were both candidates for president in the past.

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