By Fred Kiva
Former Deputy Chief Justice Laetitia Kikonyogo has died. She died on Thursday afternoon at Mulago Hospital.
Solomon Muyita the Judiciary Communications Officer has confirmed her death.
“Yeah we got the news that she died at Mulago hospital this afternoon. We are yet to confirm the cause of death, we shall communicate details later,” Muyita told Kampala Post.
Who is Justice Kikonyogo
The late retired Deputy Chief Justice, Laetitia Eulalia Mary Mukasa-Kikonyogo is the first woman, to have held many high profile positions in Uganda.
She was the first Ugandan woman magistrate Grade I (1971-1973), the first woman Chief Magistrate (1973-1986), the first woman to be appointed High Court judge (1986) and sat on the Court of Appeal to hear criminal appeals.
In 1997, Mukasa-Kikonyogo was also appointed the first woman justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda and the first woman to be appointed Deputy Chief Justice.
She was also the head of the Court of Appeal and president of the Constitutional Court of Uganda in February 2001. Mukasa-Kikonyogo was the first African president of the International Association of Women Judges.
Recently, Pope Benedict XVI appointed her as one of the two Ugandan dames to be the first ever women papal knights in the history of the Catholic Church not only in Uganda but also in the whole of Africa.