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The Justice, Law and Order Sector has honored the late Ms. Joan Kagezi and the late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima for their distinguished service to the Sector. The pair were jointly awarded the Distinguished Service Award during the 20th Annual JLOS Review held at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala.



Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was a Ugandan army officer who served in the cabinet of Uganda as Minister of internal affairs from 2013 until his death on September 12th 2015. Previously, he served as the chief of defense forces in the Uganda People's Defense Forces from 2003 to 2013.
Hon. General Aronda Nyakairima was born on July 7th 1959 in Rukungiri District, south Western Uganda. He had a long and illustrious career in the Uganda military stretching from 1982 when he joined the National Resistance Army at a tender age of 23.

In 2003, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was appointed the Commander of the UPDF. He also represented the Uganda People’s Defence Forces in the Ugandan Parliament.

On May 23 2015, Gen. Nyakairima was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Internal Affairs overseeing critical government entities such as the Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons Service and the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control. As the coordinator of the National identification Program, the Late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima’s role was central in ensuring that Ugandan’s for the first time in their history possessed national cards as a form of identification.

The Late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was also at the forefront of JLOS reforms in the sector’s Seventeen (17) member institutions in his capacity as the Minister of Internal Affairs and a member of the JLOS Leadership Committee. He will particularly be remembered for his pivotal role in the introduction and implementation of the National citizenship register and an ardent supporter and champion of the JLOS House project.

Gen. Aronda Nyakairima – a national treasure and a JLOS Hero who served our beloved country with dedication, distinction and patriotism. His great contribution to the administration of justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever be remembered, treasured and cherished.


Joan Kagezi was born on 14th July, 1967 in Rakai District Central Uganda. From 1987 to 1990, she attended Makerere University where she obtained a Bachelors in Laws and in June 1992, a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. In May 1994, she was appointed as a State Attorney under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. On 11th February, 2002, she was promoted to the position of Senior Principal State Attorney by the Public Service Commission.
On March 30th 2015, Ms Joan Kagezi was shot dead in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb on her way home. The Late Joan Kagezi was at the time of her death a Senior Principal State Attorney and Acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of War Crimes Section.
The Late Joan Kagezi was unflinching and uncompromising in her dedication to ensuring justice prevails. This was exhibited in her tireless efforts to prosecute cases relating to terrorism, war crimes, and human trafficking while at the International War Crimes Division of the High Court.  The Justice, Law and Order Sector celebrates Ms. Kagezi’s immense contribution to transitional justice policy and strategy formulation as a member of the JLOS Transitional Justice Working Group. Through this cause, Joan was relentless in ensuring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Uganda face the full force of the law and that justice is served to the victims.

Today, the Justice, Law and Order Sector is proud to honor her memory and legacy for her distinguished and exceptional service to this country in ensuring justice prevails in our society.

Her murderers through their evil act may have rid this nation of an exceptional human being in Ms. Joan Kagezi’s but her legacy and contribution to justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever remain with us, etched in our memory and inspiring many in the fight for justice.


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 06:37

Fact-file: Gen. Aronda Nyakairima


General Aronda Nyakairima (born 7 July 1959) is a Ugandan army officer who has served in the Cabinet of Uganda as Minister of Internal Affairs since 2013. Previously he was Chief of Defense Forces, the highest military rank in the Uganda People's Defense Force , from 2003 to 2013.

Early life and education
Nyakairima was born in Rukungiri District. He attended Kitgum High School in Kitgum District . He joined Makerere University in 1978, graduating in 1981, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in political science . He attended the Basic Officers Course in 1989, after the NRA had captured power in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. He later attended a course in Strategic Studies at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, USA. He also has further military qualifications from the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo .

Military Career
He joined the National Resistance Army in 1982, soon after leaving Makerere. After the NRA captured power, he worked as an intelligence officer in the Ugandan military. He later was appointed Assistant Director in the Directorate of Military Intelligence in the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF). He was then transferred to the Presidential Protection Unit as an Intelligence Officer. From there, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Armored Brigade before his appointment as Commander of the UPDF in 2003. He has represented the UPDF in the Ugandan Parliament since 1996.

In October 2010, General Nyakairima was inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the Lewis and Clark Centre at Fort Leavenworth , Kansas , United States of America, for attaining the highest position in the military of his country. Nyakairima, a 1993 graduate of Fort Leavenworth, was inducted together with General Eui Don Wang of South Korea, a 1986 graduate of the command college, and Major General Richard Rhys Jones of New Zealand , a 1992 graduate. Nyakairmina was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Internal Affairs on 23 May 2013. At the time of his death, he was a member of the JLOS Leadership Committee, a key figure in the National ID Project and the JLOS House Project.


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The Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima is dead.  The news of his demise was announcement by the Ministry of Internal Affairs via twitter on Saturday morning: “We regret to announce the death of Gen. Aronda Nyakairima who has been the Minister – Internal Affairs. Details to follow”. According to Ofwono Opondo, the Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre, Hon. Nyakairima died of a hear attack in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates while in transit to South Korea on official state duties.

Gen. Nyakairima at the time of his death was at the forefront of the National ID programme (National Security Information System) and was a member of the Justice, Law and Order Sector Leadership Committee. He served in the Cabinet of Uganda as Minister of Internal Affairs since 2013. Previously he was Chief of Defense Forces, the highest military rank in the Uganda People's Defense Force, from 2003 to 2013.


By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: September 12, 2015

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Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:30

Hon. Ruhindi Appointed Attorney General


KAMPALA -- In a cabinet reshuffle announced by President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon, Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi has been appointed the Attorney General replacing Hon. Peter Nyombi. Hon. Ruhindi previously served as the Deputy Attorney General and State Minister for Justice and Constitutional affairs. Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana (formerly the Minister of State for Labor) replaces Hon. Ruhindi as the Deputy Attorney General. Hon. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire retained the position of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

In other developments, Hon. Aronda Nyakairima was retained as the Minister of Internal Affairs while Hon. Evelyn Anite was appointed the State minister for Youth and Children Affairs replacing Hon. Ronald Kibuule who is now the Minister of State for Water. Hon. Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut was named the new Minister of Security. Hon. Karooro prior to the cabinet reshuffle was the Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Affairs. Hon. She has now been replaced by Hon. Muruli Mukasa.

Below is how the cabinet reshuffle announced today shapes up ministerial positions in the Justice, Law and Order Sector and the JLOS Leadership Committee:


Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Hon. Kahinda Otafiire – Minister

Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi – Attorney General

Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana – Deputy Attorney General


Ministry of Internal Affairs

Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima – Minister

Hon. James Baba – State Minister


Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development

Hon. Isanga Lukia Nakadama – Minister of State (Gender and Culture)

Hon. Evelyn Anite – Minister of State (Youth and Children Affairs)

Hon. Kamanda Bataringaya    – Minister of State (Employment and Industrial Relations)

Hon. Sulaiman Madada – Minister of State (Eldery and Disability)


Ministry of Local Government

Hon. Adolph Mwesige - Minister

Hon. Alex Aadroa Onzima  - State Minister 




By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: March 1 2015

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