Parliament pushing government to honour fallen Justice Karokora

Parliament observed a moment’s silence in honour of the late former High Court Judge Alfred Karokora who passed away on Friday, 30th August.

Karokora who served as a Judicial Officer for 43 uninterrupted years passed on after succumbing to unstable blood pressure according to family sources.

Karokora had battled blood pressure for a long time when the news of his son’s accident and admission at Mbarara Hospital Intensive Care Unit destabilized his condition.

Hon Cecilia Ogwal during yesterday’s parliamentary sitting asked the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to allow parliament accord the late Justice due honour.

On Sunday, the Judicial Publicist Solomon Muyita confirmed that negotiations were on going between the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and the Prime Minister over whether to accord Justice Karokora a State Funeral.

The Emeritus Justice was born on 5 November 1936.

He was a Pharmacy graduate from Mulago Para Medical School (1959-1962) before joining Nsamizi Law School for a Lay Magistrate’s Course.

He then joined Makerere University for a Bachelor of Laws Degree before winding up his studies with a diploma in Legal Practice of the Law Development Center (LDC)

Among other things, Karokora was a member of the Judicial Service Commission and contributed to the selection and recruitment of Judicial Officers in Uganda.

He was also a member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges where he represented both the Judiciary and Uganda at various international conferences.

He was appointed Ag Judge of the High Court in 1981 and in 1984, he was confirmed High Court Judge.

Between 1996 and 2006, he was Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda and retired in November 2006 after 43 years of service with the Judiciary.

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