The Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has announced that the 2020 Benedicto Kiwanuka annual Memorial Lecture will be held next week but in a scientific manner.
According to chief justices’ letter dated September 17, 2020, addressed to all judiciary top administration and staff,only a few people are expected to attend the function physically in order to observe the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Covid-19 prevention.
“I have the honour to inform you that the 3rd Memorial Lecture is to be held on Monday 21st September 2020 at High court Grounds, Kampala. The Memorial lecture will be delivered by Dr. Busingye Kabumba, Lecturer at Makerere University, under the theme “Benedicto Kiwanuka; Promoting the rule of law in the New Normal,” the letter reads in part.
“Given the Covid-19 situation and the guidelines on social distancing, the event will be a scientific one. Attendance to the function will be by invite only. However, the event will be live streamed on social media the rest of the members are encouraged to follow online,” the letter further states.
In remembrance for the great achievements and contributions to the Judiciary and rule of law in Uganda, the Judiciary administration, under the leadership of former Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, organized the first Benedicto Kiwanuka memorial lecture on September 21, 2018, and since then, it became an annual event on the judiciary’s calendar.
Benedicto Kagimu Kiwanuka was violently kidnapped from his chambers at High Court grounds in Kampala on September 21,1972, and was whisked away by Idi Amin’s soldiers who are said to have murdered him.
Although its believed that he was killed, his body was never seen by any of his family members and up to now there is no clear location of his grave.