By Aggrey Twesigye
It was a somber mood yesterday 11th March 2023 at Rwebishuri cell, Kakiika ward, Mbarara city the home of the late justice Kenneth Kakuru as he was being laid to his final rest.
Justice Kakuru’s body was lowered into the grave at 4:00 as it was witnessed by his family, friends and thousands of mourners.
Alphonse Owiny-Dollo the chief justice who was also the chief mourner applauded the former justice for being an educationist. 2He implored the entire community of Mbarara city to embrace education as a way of fighting poverty.
The president in a written statement read by Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo said Justice Kakuru dedicated his life to helping Ugandans attain Justice in courts of law.
Both Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo and his deputy Justice Richard Buteera described Justice Kenneth Kakuru as a simple professional man who was easy to work with.
Kakuru has been known as a no nonsense judge owing to his judgements and other court decisions.
For example, in 2018, he gave a dissenting judgment nullifying removal of age limits out of the Constitution.
Justice Kakuru who begun by reciting the country’s history right from the ‘reign of terror’ of Idi Amin to the current NRM government quoted President Museveni’s 1986 speech where he promised democratic governance, change in quality of politics, and people power.
In his judgment, Kakuru explained that the MPs consulted very few people, a size which was not representative of the actual number of voters as registered by the Electoral Commission during the previous 2016 elections.
Justice Kenneth Kakuru 65, succumbed to prostate cancer which was in advanced stages at Agha Khan Hospital In Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday last week.
The deceased is survived by a widow, six children and several dependents.