Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has expressed his dissatisfaction with President Yoweri Museveni’s cabinet for dodging the requiem mass of fallen Chief Magistrate of Makindye Court, His Worship Richard Mafabi.
Lukwago personally attended the funeral service at All Saints Cathedral Kampala.
Among the several dignitaries who thronged the church were the Chief Justice, Principal Judge, Justices, High Court judges, Registrars and magistrates.
“Cabinet was not at all represented by even a single minister or any other official, nor were there any written condolence message from the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs!” Lukwago said expressing displeasure.
In his eulogy, Lukwago recounted the awful events that took place at Makindye Court the day the late Mafabi presided over the torture case against General Kale Kayihura and other senior police officers.
“I made a humble appeal to the Chief Justice, the entire Bench and Bar to rise up to the challenges of the day in as far as Rule of law and administration of Justice in the country is concerned as a tribute to the huge legacy of the late Mafabi.”
In his speech, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe praised the late for sacrificing a lot for the judiciary.
He also praised the late for being upright and professional in his career as a magistrate.
Mafabi who died on Sunday will be laid to rest on Friday in Sironko district.
Mafabi died at Mukwaya General Clinic in Nsambya where he had been rushed after complaining of headache.
A post-mortem report indicates he died of a blood clot in his brain.
Mafabi who joined the Judiciary in 1995 as a Magistrate Grade One came into spotlight about two months ago when he summoned the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura and seven other senior police officers to Makindye Chief Magistrate’s court to answer to torture charges for allegedly masterminding the beating of supporters of opposition leader, Dr Kizza Besigye. Gen. Kayihura did not show up and court was disrupted by people claiming to be his supporters.
Many described Mafabi as a judicial officer who upheld the rule of law without fear or favour.
Mafabi served as minister of justice at Makerere University and was founding chairperson of Budadiri Students Association.
He also served on the executive of Uganda Judicial Officers Association for many years.