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Judiciary Mourns Laeticia Kikonyogo

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Members of the Uganda’s judiciary on Wednesday paid their last respects to fallen former deputy chief justice Laeticia Kikonyogo.


Kikonyogo’s body lay in state at the High court in Kampala.

Members of the judiciary paid their last respects to Kikonyogo.

“We as the judiciary are therefore saddened that she has passed on when we still cherrished her wisdom and gift that are reflected in the thousands of decisions that she rendered in her judicial career that started in the early ’70s,” a mourning statement by a member of the judiciary read in part.

Justice Kikonyogo is the first judicial officer to be laid in state at the High court grounds, said Judiciary spokesperson Solomon Muyita.

Muyita also praised Kikonyogo’s record and long service to the judiciary and nation.

Justice Kikonyogo succumbed to a heart attack last Thursday. 

She died at the age of 77.



Laeticia Kikonyogo
Laeticia Kikonyogo

She was also the first Ugandan woman Grade I  magistrate, a position she held between 1971-1973.

Later on, she became the first female Chief Magistrate, serving between 1973-1986.

She was also the first woman to be appointed High Court judge in 1986.

She would then move through the ranks to the become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda.

She would later be appointed deputy chief justice, the first woman to hold the position.

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