Magistrate dies following boda boda accident

KAMPALA. The Judiciary is mourning the death of Grade One Magistrate, Justine Odokonyero who died over the weekend following a boda boda accident that happened about a week ago in Gulu where he had gone to visit his family.

According to the Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya, the deceased’s head was badly hit that he could not be transported to Kampala in an ordinary ambulance, they had to airlift him to Mulago and he was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit.
Briefing judges that had gathered at a workshop to amend the Magistrates Court Act (MCA) in Kampala yesterday, Mr Gadenya said the magistrate had not even earned his first salary. The deceased was among the recently recruited Grade One magistrates. He had been deployed to Bwera court in Kasese District.

“Management with deep sorrow announces the passing on of Justin Odokonyero, one of the newly appointed magistrates Grade One attached to Bwera, Kasese” read in part the Judiciary’s internal memo about the death of the magistrate.
By yesterday, condoles messages were tricking in with the Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine saying: “Trying times indeed more than we can bear. May his soul rest in eternal peace”
Kabale resident judge Micheal Elubu said: “These are trying times for the judiciary Condolences to the family.”
Magistrate Odokonyero becomes the third judicial officer to die within a period of two months.
According to Mr Solomon Muyita the Senior Communications Officer of the Judiciary, there will be a funeral service for the deceased at Bugonga church and burial is slated for Wednesday in his ancestral home in Gulu.

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