Justice Arach-Amoko to be accorded state funeral

The Supreme Court Judge who was 69 years old, breathed her last on Saturday at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala.

RIP: The Supreme Court Judge Stella Arach-Amoko (Pictured) died on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala

KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni has directed that fallen Supreme Court Judge, the late Hon Justice Ms Mary Stella Arach-Amoko be accorded a state funeral.

The revelation was announced by the Minister in Charge of the Presidency, Milly Babirye Babalanda in a tweet on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

“The President has directed that the fallen Justice Stella Arach-Amoko be accorded a state funeral,” Ms Babalanda tweeted.

The Minister added that as it has been the police for high-profile officials, the government will take charge of the burial arrangements including all costs.

According to the released funeral program, the body of the late Justice Amoko will today (Tuesday, June 20) be presented for a special court session at the Supreme Court Headquarters where she served at 2 pm, and later a vigil held at her home in Kinawataka, Nakawa division at 6 pm.

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On Wednesday, June 21, a Requiem mass in memory of the late will be held at Our Lady of Africa, Mbuya at 9 am, and a parliament session later in the day at 2 pm for the state funeral service.

Thursday, June 22, is when the casket of the late will be transferred to her home district in Adjumani for a joint West Nile Districts Council session at the district headquarters at 2pm.

At 6 pm on Thursday, a vigil will be held at Una Central Village, Una Parish, Pachara sub-county in Adjumani district.

The late Justice Stella Amoko will be laid to rest on Friday, June 23, 2023, at her ancestral home in Arra village, Omi parish in Pachara sub-county.

The Supreme Court Judge who was 69 years old, breathed her last on Saturday at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala.

Born in 1954, Stella Arach-Amoko studied at Makerere University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and at the Law Development Centre for the Diploma in Legal Practice.

Ms Arach-Amoko served in the Attorney General’s chambers from 1979 until 1997, rising from a state attorney to commissioner for civil litigation. In 1997, she was appointed a High Court judge, serving in that capacity until 2010.

She also served at the East African Court of Justice, from 2006 until 2008, as a judge and from 2008 until 2013, as a “Deputy Principal Judge of the First Instance Division”. In 2010, she was one of the candidates considered by the Judicial Services Commission, for appointment as the Chief Justice of Uganda.

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Justice Arach-Amoko was married to Ambassador Idule Amoko who, as of 2017, was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Uganda Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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