MBARARA — Retired Supreme Court judge Alfred Karokora is dead. Justice Karokora, who had retired to his country home in Isingiro district, died after a short illness, the judiciary has confirmed.
Mr. Solomon Muyita the senior communications officer at the Judiciary says that Justice Karokora died at his home in Mbarara on Friday August 30 evening from complications related to hypertension.
“We will get a postmortem report but that’s the suspicion by the family,” he told PML Daily.
He explains that in the last few days, Justice Karokora’s condition worsened and that he died as they were trying to take him to Mbarara Main Hospital.
Mr. Muyita added that fallen judge has still been active in the judiciary and that he has been working as an arbitrator at the Center for arbitration and conflict resolution.
“He has been active but you know hypertension, the condition can change any time,’ he said.
Since 2008, Justice Karokokra served as an arbitrator with the Centre for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (CADER) Legal Consultant.
Born on November 5, 1936, Justice Karokora worked in the judiciary for over 43 uninterrupted as a career Judicial Officer with vast experience on the bench.
Karokora studied pharmacy at Mulago Hospital Para Medical School (Pharmacy) before proceeding to Nsamizi Law School for Lay Magistrates Diploma Course.
He then joined Makerere University pursuing a degree in law, graduating in 1973 and headed to the Law Development Centre for the Post Graduate Diploma-Legal Practice
Karokora has been a member of the Judicial Service Commission during which tenure, he contributed to the selection and recruitment of Judicial Officers in Uganda.
In 1981, he was appointed Ag. Judge of the High Court of Uganda and in 1984, he was confirmed as a Judge of the High Court.
Between 1996 and 2006, he was Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda where he greatly contributed to the development of Jurisprudence in the country.
In November 2006, he retired from the Judiciary after serving for 43 years.
He has been involved in the training of Judges of Government of Southern Sudan on the newly adopted Common Law Legal system, with particular emphasis on human rights.