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Date of Funeral

December 16, 2022

Date of Birth: 31st May 1953
Date of Death: 7th December 2022

Parents: Opio Samwiri (RIP) and Anna Opio (RIP)

Wife: Susan Achen Aweri

Children; H/W Obong George, Eng Dr. Allan Okodi Ray, Ojuka Dennis Emonyu, Mrs. Mary Engor Atim, H/W Okem Solomon Ezra, Mr. Dai Geofrey, Ms. Naume Amuge, Mrs Zillah Anna Apio Byamukama, Ms. Angela Achopa and Mr. Opio Samuel.

Hon. Justice Rubby Opio Aweri joined the Judiciary as a Magistrate Grade I in 1983 and rose through the ranks to Justice of the Supreme Court (2015) a position he has held until the time of his death. As a career Judicial Officer,Hon. Justice Opio Aweri was appointed Judge of the High Court in 1998 and later elevated to a Justice of the Court of Appeal in 2013. At the time of his demise, he was the Chief Inspector of the Courts of Judicature.

Hon. Justice Rubby Opio Aweri has been described by many as a great towering legal mind who served the bench with boundless dedication, utmost humility and commitment for nearly four decades. No doubt that the Nation at large will miss his noble service.
He had major interest in Law & Practice; Land Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Environmental Law and Management. Born on May 31, 1953 in Kachung village, Agwata Sub-county, Dokolo County, Lira District. The Justice was espoused to Mrs Susan Acen Aweri, and has left ten children.

Education Background

  • 1960 – 1969: Kachung Primary School and Agwata Primary School.
  • 1973 – East African Certificate of Education, Lango College Lira.
  • 1977 – East African Advanced Certificate of Education at Dr. Obote College, Boroboro, Lira
  • October 8, 1981 – Awarded Bachelor’s Degree of Laws, Makerere University
  • January 31, 1983 – Post-Graduate in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre Masters in Law, Makerere University

Professional Career

  • 1982 – 1983: Legal Assistant, Engwau & Co. Advocates, Soroti
  • 1983 – Appointed Acting Magistrate Grade One
  • October 7, 1990 – Confirmed appointment in service as Magistrate Grade One
  • October 7, 1991 – Appointed Acting Senior Principal Magistrate Grade One
  • August 13, 1991 – Confirmed as Senior Principal Magistrate One
  • February 25, 1992 – Appointed Acting Chief Magistrate
  • August 31, 1993 – Confirmed as Chief Magistrate
  • October 16, 1998 – Acting Judge High Court
  • October 27, 1999 – Appointed Judge of the High Court
  • July 4, 2013 – Appointed to the Court of Appeal by the President
  • October 13, 2015 – Appointed Supreme Court Justice
  • August 3, 2017 – Appointed Chief Inspector of Courts
  • September 28, 2020 – Reappointed Chief Inspector of Courts
  • March 30, 2021 – Appointed member of the first Judiciary Council
  • August 10, 2022 – Wrote Notice of Retirement to the Chief Justice. Expected date of retirement was May 31, 2023 upon clocking 40 years of Service.

There will be a special session at the Judiciary Headquarters today on Monday 12th December 2022 at 10:00am, thereafter a vigil at the deceased’s home in Kawanda.

There will be a Funeral service at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on Tuesday 13th December 2022 at 10: 00am. Thereafter the cortege will leave for Parliament for a special siting.

Another Vigil will be held at his residence in Senior quarters, Lira City on Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 6:00pm.

There will be another funeral service at St. Augustine Church Barogole, Lira at 10:00am on Thursday 15th December 2022.Thereafter, the cortege will depart for Dokolo District for an overnight vigil.

 Burial will take place at Acungapenyi Cell in Kachung Western Ward, Agwata Town Council in Dokolo District on Friday 16th December 2022 starting with a funeral service at 10:00am.

Informed are:

H.E. The President of the Republic of Uganda, The Vice President, The Speaker of Parliament, The Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda, Hon. Deputy Speaker, Hon. Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda, The Prime Minister, All Ministers, The Principal Judge, The Chief Registrar and The Permanent secretary/ Secretary to The Judiciary, The Judiciary Family, Justice, Law and Order Institution, The Clergy both in Kampala and Lira, Dokolo, Ministry of Health, MEGWA family, Relatives, friends and In-laws.

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  1. REPLY
    Julie CLAYDON says

    To the greatest man in judiciary and a friend of the nation.
    No one will ever fill your gap.
    Only Almighty God knows how our mother land Uganda will cope with your absence.
    May your soul be blessed and rested in eternal peace.

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