Jordan Kinyera had a legitimate reason in wanting to become a lawyer. After all, when he was a child, he had seen his family’s fortune taking a tumble as a result of a legal dispute. And he wanted to correct that injustice.
The backstory to his tale is this: Kinyera, from Uganda, was six years old when his father lost his land in a legal dispute.
That incident 23 years ago left an indelible impression on the young boy and he vowed to win the land back for his father.
So he went through 18 years of education and legal training before taking on the case on behalf of his father.
Earlier this week, the High Court in Uganda delivered a final judgment which ruled in his family’s favour.
“I made the decision to become a lawyer later in life but much of it was inspired by events I grew up witnessing, the circumstances and frustrations my family went through during the trial and how it affected us,” Kinyera was reported as saying in BBC.
His father was sued by neighbours following a land dispute in 1996 and the case dragged on in court for more than two decades.
“My dad was retired, so he didn’t have a lot of resources. He wasn’t earning at that time. He was desperate and there is something dehumanising about being in a desperate situation and not being able to do something about it. That is what inspired me the most.”
Kinyera said he was happy for his father, who he says hasn’t planted a single seed or laid a single brick in 23 years.
“Justice delayed is justice denied. My father is 82 years and he can’t do much with the land now. It’s up to us children to pick up from where he left.”