The Justice, Law and Order Sector has honored the late Ms. Joan Kagezi and the late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima for their distinguished service to the Sector. The pair were jointly awarded the Distinguished Service Award during the 20th Annual JLOS Review held at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala.
CITATION FOR GEN. ARONDA NYAKAIRIMA
Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was a Ugandan army officer who served in the cabinet of Uganda as Minister of internal affairs from 2013 until his death on September 12th 2015. Previously, he served as the chief of defense forces in the Uganda People's Defense Forces from 2003 to 2013.
Hon. General Aronda Nyakairima was born on July 7th 1959 in Rukungiri District, south Western Uganda. He had a long and illustrious career in the Uganda military stretching from 1982 when he joined the National Resistance Army at a tender age of 23.
In 2003, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was appointed the Commander of the UPDF. He also represented the Uganda People’s Defence Forces in the Ugandan Parliament.
On May 23 2015, Gen. Nyakairima was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Internal Affairs overseeing critical government entities such as the Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons Service and the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control. As the coordinator of the National identification Program, the Late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima’s role was central in ensuring that Ugandan’s for the first time in their history possessed national cards as a form of identification.
The Late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was also at the forefront of JLOS reforms in the sector’s Seventeen (17) member institutions in his capacity as the Minister of Internal Affairs and a member of the JLOS Leadership Committee. He will particularly be remembered for his pivotal role in the introduction and implementation of the National citizenship register and an ardent supporter and champion of the JLOS House project.
Gen. Aronda Nyakairima – a national treasure and a JLOS Hero who served our beloved country with dedication, distinction and patriotism. His great contribution to the administration of justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever be remembered, treasured and cherished.
#CITATION FOR JOAN KAGEZI
Joan Kagezi was born on 14th July, 1967 in Rakai District Central Uganda. From 1987 to 1990, she attended Makerere University where she obtained a Bachelors in Laws and in June 1992, a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. In May 1994, she was appointed as a State Attorney under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. On 11th February, 2002, she was promoted to the position of Senior Principal State Attorney by the Public Service Commission.
On March 30th 2015, Ms Joan Kagezi was shot dead in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb on her way home. The Late Joan Kagezi was at the time of her death a Senior Principal State Attorney and Acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of War Crimes Section.
The Late Joan Kagezi was unflinching and uncompromising in her dedication to ensuring justice prevails. This was exhibited in her tireless efforts to prosecute cases relating to terrorism, war crimes, and human trafficking while at the International War Crimes Division of the High Court. The Justice, Law and Order Sector celebrates Ms. Kagezi’s immense contribution to transitional justice policy and strategy formulation as a member of the JLOS Transitional Justice Working Group. Through this cause, Joan was relentless in ensuring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Uganda face the full force of the law and that justice is served to the victims.
Today, the Justice, Law and Order Sector is proud to honor her memory and legacy for her distinguished and exceptional service to this country in ensuring justice prevails in our society.
Her murderers through their evil act may have rid this nation of an exceptional human being in Ms. Joan Kagezi’s but her legacy and contribution to justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever remain with us, etched in our memory and inspiring many in the fight for justice.
It was with great sadness that I learnt of the tragic death of Ms. Joan Kagezi on the evening of March 30th, 2015. Just like the rest of us here, it was absolutely shocking but also very painful news to receive - for me personally, but also for the entire Justice, Law and Order Sector family and the country.
In difficult times like these, words and speeches are often not enough to express our deepest and innermost feelings.
The immense grief that Joan’s untimely death has brought upon us is indescribable. May the good Lord give us strength and courage and may he grant Joan’s family, especially her beloved children here with us, perfect peace in the face of this tragedy.
Joan was a very smart lady, articulate and purpose-driven. She had the exceptional ability to analyze and understand the bigger picture. Perhaps, that explains her numerous court case engagements and successes, spanning various criminal cases, many of them rated high profile.
I should also add that Joan had a meek but strong personality, with a high level of self-determination to deliver results. Her achievements and milestones in her short time here on earth are testament to this.
I have followed this tragic event closely and you can all bear witness that the public outpouring of grief over the last three days is phenomenal and rather unprecedented in recent times. The Justice, Law and Order Sector has lost a dedicated and gifted civil servant. Uganda has lost a patriot, who sacrificed alot to serve this nation faithfully and diligently.
But most importantly, her family has lost a committed mother. To many of us, Joan was the uncompromising and no-nonsense prosecutor but to her family, she was a dedicated parent who upheld family above everything else. Her four beautiful children meant everything to her, but sadly they now have to live with the dark memory of their mother shot dead before their very own eyes.
The Justice, Law and Order Sector upholds the values of the rule of law, with justice for all as our cornerstone. I would therefore, like to assure Ugandans and the family of the deceased, that the Sector, through the Police, the Judiciary and other state institutions and structures, shall bring to justice the perpetrators of this criminal act, no matter where they are or how long it takes.
Philip, Carol, Pearl and Harvey, our hearts go out you. No amount of words in this trying moment can comfort you for sure, but we pledge to pray for you. We pray that God’s peace that transcends all human understanding will be with you. May the Lord hold your hand and safely lead you through this valley of the shadow of death. May he calm the storms and the raging seas of pain and grief that you feel entangled in. We pledge to support you in any way we possibly can – materially, spiritually and emotionally. Be rest assured, that in the Justice, Law and Order Sector, you will always find a place to call home and a shoulder to lean on.
Joan, today we celebrate your amazing legacy of a life well lived and a fight well fought. May the Lord grant you everlasting peace.
Thank you and God bless you.
The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) joins the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the entire country in mourning the untimely death of Ms. Joan Kagezi who was shot dead yesterday on March 30, 2015 near her home in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb at approximately 7.00 pm. Ms. Kagezi was at the time of her death a Senior Principal State Attorney and Ag. Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of the International Crimes Section. The sector condemns, in the strongest terms this barbaric and heinous act meted on an innocent civilian, a dedicated civil servant and mother.
Ms. Kagezi was unflinching and uncompromising in her dedication to ensuring justice prevails. This was exhibited in her tireless efforts to prosecute cases relating to terrorism, war crimes, and human trafficking while at the International Crimes Division of the High Court. The Justice, Law and Order Sector further celebrates Ms. Kagezi’s immense contribution to transitional justice policy and strategy formulation as a member of the JLOS Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG). Through this cause, Joan was relentless in ensuring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Uganda face the full force of the law and that justice is served to the victims. Ms Kagezi also served the sector diligently as the alternate chairperson of the Criminal Justice Working group
The assailants, through their evil act may have robbed this nation of an exceptional human being in Ms Joan Kagezi’s but her legacy and contribution to justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever remain with us, etched in our memory and inspiring many in the fight for justice.
Our deepest condolences go to her family, especially her beautiful children in whose presence their mother was brutally murdered. The Justice, Law and Order Sector through the relevant State Institutions will not rest until the perpetrators and masterminds of this criminal act are brought to justice.
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ISSUED BY: The JLOS Secretariat | Published: March 31, 2015
KAMPALA-- On 26th April 2013, the Hon. The Chief Justice constituted a task force chaired by Hon. Justice Y Bamwine – The Principal Judge, to review the draft law on plea-bargaining.
The members of the task force are:
- Justice L Gidudu – Judiciary
- Ms. Harriet Lwabi – Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
- Mr. H P Adonyo - Judiciary
- Mr. P W Gadenya – JLOS Secretariat
- Mr. Okoth Ochola – Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP)
- Mr. Bruce Kyerere – Uganda Law Society
- Ms. Joan Kagezi – International War Crimes Division of the High Court
- Mr. Andrew Khaukha- Uganda Law Reform Commission (Secretary)
The Task force is expected to complete its work by 26th July 2013.
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"Draft Law on Plea Bargaining to be Reviewed" is republished with permission of the Justice, Law and Order Sector."
GULU - July 11, 2011 marked a historical event in the Ugandan judiciary with the trial of a former LRA (Lords Resistance Army) commander, Colonel Thomas Kwoyelo who was captured by the UPDF (Uganda People’s Defence Forces) in 2009 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This makes Uganda, the first African Country to try nationally those alleged to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, all crimes of international concern and the first country complementing the works of the International Criminal Court (ICC). A number of events took place before the actual presentation of the accused, Colonel Thomas Kwoyelo in court for plea taking at 12:00pm.