Man Becomes A Lawyer To Win His Dad’s Land Back 23 Years After Dispute

We've got a strong contender for son of the year, as it has emerged that a man over in Uganda grew up to be a lawyer so that he could win back the land his dad lost in a legal dispute 23 year years ago.

The BBC reports that Jordan Kinyera was only six years old when his dad lost the land after the family's neighbours sued them in 1996.

Credit: Jordan Kinyera/Facebook
Credit: Jordan Kinyera/Facebook

After seeing the damaging effect this had on his family, Jordan went above and beyond what anyone else would've done in that situation.

Instead of accepting the cruel fate that'd hit his family, Jordan embarked on an 18-year course of education and legal training to become a lawyer, before taking on the case himself.

"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," Jordan told the BBC.

"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."

Although Jordan finally sought justice for his father and won the land back, it was a bittersweet victory.

"Justice delayed is justice denied," he said. "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."

Even though the father is in the winter years of his life, hopefully he's found comfort in having his son beside him every step of the way.

Credit: Jordan Kinyera/Facebook
Credit: Jordan Kinyera/Facebook

And as for Jordan, he's expressed an admirable level of dedication most people don't even come close to.

Now he is using his career to represent a number of other clients who are caught up in similar cases to the one his family faced all those years ago.

Apparently land disputes are common in Uganda for people who leave their home and return following civil wars.

Jordan added: "The issue is so widespread that an entire branch of the high court is just dedicated to land disputes."

Featured Image Credit: Jordan Kinyera/Facebook

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013