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Tsekooko to be laid to rest today

By Betty Amamukirori

Added 19th October 2019 12:59 PM

Tsekooko died at the age of 77,after having served as a justice of the Supreme Court for 19 years (1994-2013

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Former Judge John Tsekooko's portrait is held by an official of A Plus Funeral ?Service, at St Luke Ntinda, October.17, 2019. Photo by Kennedy Oryema

Tsekooko died at the age of 77,after having served as a justice of the Supreme Court for 19 years (1994-2013

OBITUARY   BURIAL

KAMPALA - Justice John Wilson Natubu Tsekooko will be laid today to rest at his ancestral home in Bunakhaima village, Butiru sub-county, Manafwa district after succumbing to cancer at Norvik Hospital in Kampala, on Monday.

Tsekooko died at the age of 77,after having served as a justice of the Supreme Court for 19 years (1994-2013), two of which he was in acting capacity after clocking the mandatory retirement age.

In a Requiem service led by Rev Micheal Mukewana's on Thursday, his sermon like a double-edged sword struck the congregation gripping everyone’s attention.

Drawing biblical examples to explain current occurrences in the country and from the life of the late retired Supreme Court Justice, Mukhwana crafted his message in a way that left many so convicted that by the end of the sermon, a section of the congregation resolved to renew their faith in God.

Mukhwana, in his sermon at St Luke’s Church - Ntinda, Kampala, on Friday, described Tsekooko as a man who lived his life well and served his purpose

“The reason he lived a different life is that he knew the master he was serving. He knew he had to account to the Almighty God,” he said.

Mukhwana asked the congregation, comprising judicial officers, led by the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe,legislators, ministers, four-time presidential contender Kizza Besigye, family and friends, to emulate the incorruptible character of the deceased.

Many Ugandans will remember Tsekooko as one of the Supreme Court Justices, who annulled President Yoweri Museveni’s election twice.

In a humorous tribute to her husband, Dr Pauline Tsekooko said during their courtship, the deceased and Vice-President Edward Ssekandi (both lawyers) would waylay her along the road she often used while working at Mbale Hospital.

Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe described Tsekooko as a true professional who became his teacher when he joined court.

He said Tsekooko initiated a conversation with him and handed him a document on how to write judgments, thereby, sealing theirfriendship.

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