Managing Partner – Uyapo Ndadi, LLB (UB) pursuing LLM (UB)
Mr. Ndadi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Botswana and presently pursuing a Masters of Law on Advanced Labour and Human Rights. Ndadi has extensive experience in human rights and constitutional law issues and is celebrated internationally for his advocacy work, particularly on strategic impact litigation. He has been honoured as an outstanding Top Ten Young Person of The World, and was specifically recognised by USA President Barack Obama by inviting his input on the role of young people in the Africa- USA relations.
Previously Ndadi worked as the Executive Director for the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, (BONELA), after raising through the ranks following joining the organisation as a Legal Intern, then a Legal and Advocacy Officer, where he has gained practical experience on organisational strategy development, developing and implementing workplace policies, leading restructuring exercises and management of human resources and overall organisational leadership development. As Executive Director of BONELA, Ndadi was in charge of an organisation of a budget in excess BWP12 million per annum.
In parallel with his duties at BONELA, and as part of a BONELA development agreement with Duma Boko and Company Law firm, Ndadi was in charge of the Conveyancing Department for the 6 years, responsible for general conveyancing work, setting up Trusts and other Notarial work.
Ndadi cut his teeth with Collins Newman & Co where he gained extensive experience in commercial law including civil litigation and debt collection before he joined BONELA in February 2007. Ndadi has experience in sitting in numerous boards, including Botswana Health Professions Council, Press Council, Legal Aid Board, BOCONGO, 2010 Exams Inquiry, and National AIDS Council.
SUMMARY OF CASES THAT MR. NDADI HAS HANDLED
Some selected cases that Ndadi has handled include wrong diagnosis of HIV status where his client was diagnosed as with HIV at a government hospital and put on PMTCT programme only to test negative two years later. The High Court awarded damages in the sum of BWP 150 000.00.
Ndadi was one of the first attorneys to successfully litigate under the then recently enacted Domestic Violence Act, after being instrumental in lobbying for its enactment and training Magistrates on it. He obtained an interdict in a domestic violence case and obtained an order evicting the husband from the matrimonial house.
Ndadi has also been very successful in numerous cases before the Industrial Court concerning rights of HIV positive workers. Ndadi has also won in the High Court on a case that set a precedent that HIV status is a private matter and that no one has a right to divulge such information about another without the persons consent.
Ndadi has extensive experience in divorce cases, including customary marriage matters and inheritance issues.