Handful of Mourners to Attend Justice Ntabgoba’s Burial

The former Principal Judge Herbert Ntabgoba will be laid to rest today at his ancestral home in Kisoro with a small number of mourners allowed.

Although he was a popular figure whose burial would be expected to attract a large number of mourners, this will not be possible in respect to the Presidential directive of keeping social distance as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID 19 pandemic.

According to the program which was released by the burial committee, the ceremony will run from 8am up to mid-day.

The event will be streamed live on Facebook page of Kisoro FM.

Ntabgoba passed away on 12th April at International Hospital Kampala after suffering a stroke in December 2019. He had for long battled diabetes and pneumonia.

President Yoweri Museveni has contributed 30 million shillings towards burial expenses on top of clearing all the hospital bills.

The Judiciary where the deceased served also contributed 5 million shillings towards funeral expenses, plus a wreath of the Hon. The Chief Justice.

Ntabgoba was born in July 1939 and he passed away at the age of 81 years.


He was born in present day Kisoro District on July 21, 1939 to Zakayo Bakunzi Rugiriki and Maria Bakunzi Nyirajana.

Between 1973 and 1978, Ntabgoba served as Registrar General, Administrator General, Public Trustee, and Official Receiver of Government of Uganda.

From June 1, 1981, to August 31, 1987, he served as the first Director-General of the African Regional Industrial Property Organisation (ARIPO), based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

In 1989, he was appointed as the first Principal Judge, a position he held for 15 years.

Upon retirement in 2004, he worked as a consultant for one of Uganda’s largest law firms- Kampala Associated Advocates, mainly on intellectual property matters.

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